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A fabulous outdoor swimming pool that's perfectly perched right in the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens

The recent $10 million refurbishment made this harbourside pool an even better place for inner-city swimming than it already was. Its surrounds were a popular bathing spot since 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 – such as beating European champ Arne Borg – and setting a new world record in the process – when he was just 16 years old. 

Today, the baths offer an eight-lane, heated 50m pool, learners’ and toddlers’ pools, a sundeck and a café. The complex also houses yoga classes, a karate dojo and massage therapy. The pool’s harbourside edges are glazed, allowing swimmers unparalleled views across the sparkling bay. After a dip, meander through the Botanic Gardens and around the harbour's edge towards the Sydney Opera House.

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Updated on 17 Nov 2015.

Andrew Boy Charlton Pool details

1C Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney 2000

Telephone 02 9358 6686

Price $4.50 to $6.00

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

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