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Sydney’s Best Rooftop Pools

By Jessica Best
19th Dec 2017


We’re not going to lie, there’s something ridiculously epic about a rooftop pool. Whether it’s the feeling of total exclusivity and being able to wave at the peasants far below or just the damn good view—we’re suckers for a plunge with a bit of altitude.

There’s no denying Sydney has its fair share of awesome rooftop oasis’ with saltwater pools, gigantic AF pools, indoor rooftop pools (yep), pools with bars, pools wi- well, we think you get it.

Here are Sydney’s best rooftop pools!


Darling Harbour

Sydney’s latest hotel addition has one killer rooftop infinity pool and as you’d guess, the view is beyond epic. Okay, so you have to be a guest here to make like a luxe AF mermaid but it’s so bloody worth it for the view and you’ve earned the stay cay.

Holiday Inn

The Rocks

This rooftop beauty puts you in prime line-of-sight to catch a (major) vista of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. If you’re one of the lucky vaycay peeps here, you’ll get to relax in the spa for hours on end or show off your mad diving skills in the bright blue pool waters.

Sheraton On The Park


Jump on the Sheraton bandwagon because guys, these legends have a rooftop pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and (for your fun and comfort) a terrace with sun lounges to relax on afterwards. Unlike most, this one is indoors and surrounded by a domed glass roof but fear not, there’s an outdoor balcony with said terrace, giving you allllll the views of the harbour and skyline. If you’re not a guest, you’ll have to pay a fee to get into this beauty but we can’t find a reason why you shouldn’t.

Park Hyatt

The Rocks

Everybody knows about the pool shenanigans happening at the Hyatt. And by shenigans, we mean swimming. And let’s just say we’re always jealous of the legends that get to kickback in this heated outdoor pool and spa. Yep, there’s a private sun-deck and cabanas because would you really expect anything less?

Level Seven at Primus Hotel


Ah yes, Level Seven at the Primus has worked up one epic reputation for being just downright awesome. The lap pool here is reserved for guests only (once again, you can totally vaycay here) but there’s nothing stopping you from ordering up cocktails at this New York-inspired bar and sipping by the pool as the sun goes down.

Pullman Hyde Park


Think sunbeds and one heck of a city-scape around you. And just while we’re on the topic of pools, you’ll also find a jacuzzi here too (because choices people).


Double Bay

Technically you can’t swim in the pool (unless you’ve truly outdone yourself and decided to host a staycay around these parts) but you can deffs chill out at the bar, which happens to be situated right next to this iconic waterhole. This one gives you stupid perfect views of Double Bay with striped sun lounges.

The Old Clare


For a solid bird’s eye view of Chippendale and one of the best places to watch the sun go down (cue #skyporn for days), The Old Clare rooftop pool has got you covered. And the best part? If you actually stay here (and you will) you can hit up some of your mates and invite them over for a cheeky swim!

Astral Tower At The Star


It’s luxe and it’s one of the biggest rooftop pools around town. Plus, this bad boy is half covered, so rain, hail or shine you’ll be making use of this glorious gem. And word on the street is, the pool is definitely the best part of staying here (so, need we say more?).

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Image credit: Sofitel Darling Harbour

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