Redleaf Pool, you are so gorgeous.
If we lived within walking distance of Murray Rose Pool (as Redleaf Pool has been renamed), we’d come here ALL the time.
But since we have to drive over, it’s a bit of a hassle to get to this lovely and family-friendly harbour pool. The parking is very tricky.
if we ever have a boat, we’ll sail over there tho’ as it’s such a lovely spot.
Redleaf Pool A.K.A. Murray Rose Pool and Seven Shillings Beach
New South Head Road, Double Bay 2028
Website: www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au click here
Redleaf Pool was renamed Murray Rose Pool in July 2012, in memory of the famous Olympian. It is a very large netted harbour pool (90m x 60m) with boardwalks running on top of the nets.
There are two large floating pontoons in the pool, great spots forleaping from, or sunbathing upon for the less active.
The narrow strip of beach is a lovely area for young children to play, so don’t forget the bucket and spade. The waters of the harbours are usually very still, so this is a nice safe splashing and learning-to-swim pool.
There is plenty of sloping grass to lay a rug upon, and shady trees to shelter beneath.
The pool can be accessed by walking through Blackburn Gardens beside Woollahra Library or by steps at the rear of the Council carpark. There are steps between the changing rooms and the pool itself.
The pool has no lifeguards so you do need to be very vigilent, but lets face it, we parents have to be anyway.
Seven Shillings Beach is the name of the beach which the pool is a part of. This is a thin strip of sand with fabulous views of the millionaires’ playgrounds of Darling Point and Point Piper.
The beach itself has no direct road access and so is very safe from cars, but the water can sometimes be a bit weedy. Above the high watermark the beach is owned by the residents in the humungous houses lining the beach, so visitors must keep below that line.
Cafes: there is a kiosk/cafe on the terrace above Murray Rose Pool, it is open from 8.30am forbreakfast and lunch. It’s a gorgeous spot to sit and admire the harbour. There are tables and chairs with space for prams on the terrace by the kiosk.
Toilets: Toilets, change and shower block, and open-air shower by the pool
Shade: Some on grass at the pool
Shark net: Yes
Mum’s report: It’s amazing to find such a peaceful spot in this fairly built up part of the city. Great for a swim, a bit of sand play and then a walk or run along the beach. But the parking is terrible!
Extra: Blackburn Gardens are beside Redleaf Pool, a pretty, safe and lush small public garden
Map reference: Gregory’s 347 D11, Sydway 278 H18, UBD 237 D11
Parking: Very difficult!! Some 30 minute parking spots at Woollahra Council and on the streets around. For Seven Shillings Beach, try some imited street parking on Mervyn Avenue, then walk down Seven Shilling Steps to the beach.
Bus stop nearby: Yes
Have you visited Redleaf Pool/Murray Rose Pool?
Where’s your family’s favourite swimming spot on Sydney Harbour?