Top 5 outdoor pools

With the weather heating up, plan your Summer Days cooling off at the best outdoor pools in Australia.


1. Icebergs, Bondi Beach

These famous Bondi Baths have been an attractive landmark for over 100 years. Located on the beach front you’re guaranteed a swim with a view.  ​

There’s a smaller outdoor pool for kids and a sauna located on the pool deck level, making this a great pool destination for the whole family. ​

​With fully qualified lifeguards at the pools during opening hours and wheelchair access available from street level down to the pool, Icebergs make this safe and easily accessible for all.​

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2. Coburg Olympic Swimming Pool, Melbourne

For retro fun in the sun, it is hard to drive past this Murray Rd pool. A diving pool that opens periodically is a chance to show off your best dive (or cannonball) while young families are catered for with two toddler pools of different depths and a 50m pool. ​

Barbecues and well-shaded grassed areas are perfect for lounging about on hot summer days and evenings. Keep the retro theme going by heading down to the Coburg Drive-in for a movie. ​

Unfortunately the pool doesn’t open until December 1 and then only if the temperature is at least 23C. ​

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What Coburg Olympic Swimming Pool looked like in the 1930’s.

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3. Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns 

A day spent at the Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon is the perfect way to soak up some sun, catch up with your friends and take in the views of the stunning Trinity Inlet and mountains that line the horizon of Cairns city in Queensland Australia.​

​The large swimming area is patrolled daily by Life Guards who ensure the safety of the 1000 or so swimmers that the Cairns Lagoon can accommodate at any one time. Ranging in depth from 32 inches to 5 feet the Cairns Lagoon features underwater seating benches making it easy for all to enjoy. The Cairns Lagoon is fitted with disability access which is located at the southern end of the facility.

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4. Parnell Baths, Auckland, NZ

Parnell Baths will be re-opening for the 2016-2017 season on Saturday 26th November! Parnell Baths is a historic site and has been enjoyed by millions of people for over 100 years. The main pool is the largest salt water pool in New Zealand and measures a whopping 60m which is ideal for the competitive and leisure swimmer. For those who just want to splash and relax an adult and family spa pool awaits you. For young children an interactive aqua playground will keep them active and meet their demands. What more could you want?

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5. Freshwater Rock Pool – Freshwater, NSW 2096

In 1925, Freshwater rock pool became the first ocean pool on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Freshwater Rock Pool is a perfectly-positioned 50m Olympic Pool, with lane markings on the floor. It sits right under the cliff on one side at the northern end of Freshwater Beach, but unlike neighbouring Queenscliff, this doesn’t prevent the sun from warming the pool up pretty quickly in the morning because the cliff isn’t so high here. Its position also leaves you looking out at the surf crashing in on Freshwater Beach and the rocks on all the other three sides. It’s recommended for the whole family.

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