Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic Centre in Central Sydney

Here’s a great spot for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and for your older children too, especially when the wave machine is operating.

This pool is the closest one to the city centre and, of course, it does get crowded, especially during holidays.

This pool is excellent in combination with a trip to the Australian Museum which is next door.  That’s what I call a very full day of culture and exercise!


Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic + Fitness Centre

4 College Street, Sydney 2000

Phone: 9326 0444


Open: Monday–Friday 6am–10pm; Saturday–Sunday 7am–8pm Open all year except Christmas Day and Good Friday. Under fours free.

Pools: Indoors—50 metre pool, leisure pool, hydrotherapy pool

Cook + Phillip is a little kids’ oasis in central Sydney.

The leisure pool is great for littlies with a slide, a bubble beach,  fountains and a small rapid river run.

Thrillingly, a wave machine operates every hour at weekends (do check ahead to see whether the wave machine is in operation on the day you are planning to visit though.)

There are huge colourful, mosaic-covered sculptures to play around.

The courtyard area of the cafe provides a good area for children to play after a swim.  A large shadecloth provides good shade.

Cafe: The large cafe serves breakfast, hot meals and snacks, and there are indoor and outdoor seating areas

The hydrotherapy pool

Baby change: Table in combined family/disabled change rooms

Shade: Good

Strollers: Good, life from entrance to pool side.

Playground: No

Swim school: From 6 months old

Creche: No

Gym: Yes Sports shop: Yes

Membership available: Yes

Mum’s report: It does get very busy and I wish there was more pram space around the shallow end of the leisure pool. Nonetheless, it’s a favourite trip for our kids.

Extra: Walks and a picnic in Cook and Phillip Park. The Australian Museum is across the road (see page 213 of Sydney For Under Fives).

Map reference: Gregory’s 4 B6, Sydway 56 L19, UBD 3 M6

Google map here.

Parking: Pay parking station in Cathedral Street, off St Mary’s Road, it’s expensive but handy.

Nearest station: Museum and St James are both a short walk away

Bus stop nearby: Yes


Here’s a little video of Cook + Phillip Park pool, from both above and below the water.

Hope you enjoy it!


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Posted on: December 12, 2011

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  • Reply December 12, 2011


    Those places scare me a bit. Especially when I am on my own with the four kids. Having said that, Nug and Doo Dah are really trying to improve their swimming so I need to get them in the water more often. Maybe I will have to brave it in the school holidays (that sounds like punishment!). Always informative Seana x

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