Andrew Boy Charlton Pool

This outdoor swimming pool sits smack, bang in the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens

A $10 million refurbishment has made this harbourside pool the place for inner-city swimming. It was a popular bathing spot long before the British arrived, and public sea baths first opened here in 1860. In the early 1920s famous Aussie swimmer Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton achieved many of his triumphs here – including, aged just 16, beating European champ Arne Borg, setting a new world record in the process.

Today, the baths offer an eight-lane, heated 50m pool, learners’ and toddlers’ pools, a sundeck and a café. The pool’s harbourside edges are glazed, allowing swimmers unparalleled views across the sparkling bay. Bus 411.

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Andrew Boy Charlton Pool details

1C Mrs Macquaries Rd

Sydney 2000

Telephone 02 9358 6686

Price from $2.00 to $5.60

Open Open 6am-7pm daily (till 8pm daylight saving time)

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