We get it Sydney. You’ve done the harbour nooks, the ocean pools and if someone tells you one more time that Gordon’s Bay is ‘the new swimming mecca’ of Sydney you’ll actually explode and consider moving elsewhere
Fear not, we’ve done some extreme searching for all the swimming-starved folk of Sydney and you’ll be glad to know we’ve found some epic spots that aren’t Bondi #shock.
Here are the best new swimming spots to try this weekend in Sydney!
Make like the 1920s and get your 20 cent entry fee ready, McIver’s Baths is one of the only (still) exclusive ladies baths in Australia #sorrynotsorryboys. These baths are perched on a cliff face and rock platforms between Coogee Beach and Wylies Baths and have a clubhouse ad brick sunbathing area to boot.
There’s a bunch of holy-grail swimming spots along the Parramatta River you’ll want to make sure you’re all over when the days bring in the warmer weather. I.e. right bloody now. For starters, there’s the well-known Dawn Fraser Baths in Balmain, the salt-water tidal pool bearing a wrap around deck. But you’ll also find the tiny Chiswick Baths framed by a safety net and Cabarita Beach further down the track.
Located in Dharawal National Park (just past your summer staple Royal National Park), the pristine Minerva Pool is a picture-perfect waterhole studded with sandstone and a stony island. This one is a sacred women’s place for the Aboriginal Dharawal People so sorry guys (again), only gals and kiddies can swim here.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Surrounded by all the bush and complete with a swinging rope (because you’re a fiend for action), Morning Bay is the untouched gem featuring waterfalls and a glorious swimming hole.
Royal National Park
You’ll want to kick-start your walk to Kangaroo Creek on a track coined as Robertson’s roundabout. For anyone who lacks a general sense of direction, you’ll be well looked after with some helpful signs along the way (#guilty). And should you take all the right turns, you’ll end up at a bright green gorge which is seriously perfect to cool down in.
Bents Basin is the place you need to be bringing all your kayaks, blow up swans and flamingoes plus anything else that allows you to kick back, relax and float for an entire day. Bordered by trees, you’ll be sure to find a shady spot to unpack a picnic and you’ll even be able to cast a line here. Ah, the serenity.
Meet Delwood, the cute lil’ spot you can head to get your dose of snorkelling and lagoon feels. This sandy pocket is just off the Manly to Spit Bridge walk and a heaaaap of people miss the wooden steps to get down to it (but not you because you’re so on top of things).
You’ll score front-seat views of Cockatoo Island, Iron Cove and the south of Balmain at Greenwich Baths (after you dish out a few coins to enter) but it’s well worth it for the uninterrupted view. There’s a 30-metre lap pool for anyone who’s keen for a bit of fitness but overall, this one is the ultimate places to set up and break-up some book reading with intermittent dips in the harbour pool.
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