7 Of The Best Heated Swimming Pools In Sydney
Winter has well and truly arrived in Sydney, but that’s no reason for your exercise habits to fall by the wayside. Don’t let your fitness goals change with the seasons – there’s plenty of ways to keep fit this winter, and strangely enough, one of the most comforting ways is by swimming.
There’s nothing like a heated pool to soothe your winter woes – and it’s just a bonus that swimming delivers you a great low-impact cardio workout at the same time. Rain, hail or shine, warm pools are ready and waiting all over this fine city, so there’s never been a better time to pick up a new habit.
#1 Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Ultimo
Perfect for a lunchtime lap or two, this inner city oasis is as appealing for your eyes as it is for your fitness regime. The swish ITAC is equipped with a 50-metre lap pool, a leisure pool and spa, and a warm water program pool.
There’s also a fully-equipped gym and fitness centre which runs pilates, Zumba and spin classes. Knock off two birds with one stone and settle in for a high-impact fitness class then relax those muscles with a cheeky after-workout dip. It’s the perfect deal.
Cost: Adult $7.20; Concession $5.40
#2 North Sydney Olympic Pool, Milsons Point
Not only is North Sydney Olympic Pool a glorious seven-lane aquatic playground, it’s also plonked smack-bang under the Harbour Bridge.
If you’re getting up at the crack of dawn for a swim, it certainly helps when you’ve got something pretty to look at. Seeing the sun rise over the Harbour has got to be one of those quintessential Sydney experiences – throw in a healthy round of laps and you’re onto a winner here.
Cost: Adult $7.50; Student $6.20
#3 Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre, Enmore
Set in the heart of Sydney’s inner west, this newly redeveloped complex is one of the most ecological and sustainable aquatic centres in the country. Surrounded by beautiful parkland, AKAC is a great spot to get away from the rain and warm up in temperate waters.
Head in for a few laps in their 50-metre heated pool or for a splash in their specialty program pool.
Cost: Adult $7.40; Student $4.70
#4 Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Homebush Bay
Head out west to Olympic Park – there’s just something about swimming in a pool that once occupied Olympic athletes that can make you feel superhuman.
Open from 5am weekdays, Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre is a huge centre with ample space for everyone. There’s a 10-lane Olympic pool, an eight-lane training pool, a diving board, five spas, a sauna, steam room, a river rapid ride and even a water slide! (Water slides are exercise, right?)
Cost: Adult $7.50; Concession $6
#5 Prince Alfred Park Pool
Kick back without having to leave the city – the Prince Alfred Park Pool has a heated outdoor pool adorned with bright yellow umbrellas and blue and white striped lanes. Set against rolling green hills, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re far away from the city, when in actual fact, you’re seconds away from Central Station.
Practice those butterfly strokes in this heated wonderland that’s complete with the best après-swim cafe this side of the Harbour. It’s perfect for that early morning pick-me-up or a coconut smoothie to help ride out those endorphins.
Cost: Adult $6.20; Concession $4.70
#6 Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Sydney
Located near St Mary’s Cathedral, Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre is a top notch addition to the city’s ample swimming spots.
Open all year round, the centre features a 50-metre pool, a dedicated leisure pool (with a wave machine!) and even a hydrotherapy pool. Each are indoors and steaming hot.
Cost: Adult $7.20; Concession $5.40
#7 Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, Ryde
Ryde’s Aquatic Leisure Centre is probably best known for hosting the water polo events at the Sydney Olympic Games back in 2000, so it’s fittingly decked out with a bunch of extra goodies.
There’s a 50-metre Olympic pool, a 25-metre pool and even a huge water slide. Keep an eye out for the Surf Ryder which lets you surf an actual wave – much easier than battling Bondi in the cold, that’s for sure.
Cost: Adult $7.80; Concession $6
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