Bronte Baths is an ocean pool that was constructed in the late 1880s, built into the sandstone cliffs at the southern end
of Bronte Beach. The pool is roughly 38 metres long, divided into two sections by a barrier in the water. On one side
of the barrier there are several marked lanes for 30 metre lap swimming, with water play and bathing available behind
the barrier and either side of the lap swimmers.
Above: The view of the ocean from Bronte Baths. Image reproduced with permission from
For anyone training, pushing yourself that extra 5 metres in this pre-Olympic swimming pool will
give you a physical and psychological edge when switching down to your standard half-size 25 metre Olympic
pool. If you want to swim here regularly, you can join the
who swim in the pool every Sunday morning,
even throughout winter.
The pool has a concrete wall with a wide walkway on the ocean side, which you can walk along
or sit down on as you dangle your feet in the water.
On this side there are spectacular views out into the Pacific Ocean and to the north along Bronte Beach. On the other
side of the pools are the sandstone cliffs, which jut out over the edge of the pool. You can wade or swim in underneath these
cliffs, or take shelter from the sun here in the afternoon.
Above: The sandstone cliffs at Bronte Baths. Image reproduced with permission from
The pool is best for swimming at low tide, but the most fun and at its most spectacular at high tide. Near high
tide, waves can crash over the edge of the pool, making it a bit choppy at times, but lots of fun as you wait with
excitement for each wave to break over the concrete wall.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Calga Place, Bronte, New South Wales, 10 km (approx. 20 min drive) south-east of the Sydney CBD.
From the city head south along Anzac Parade and then head east along Alison Road,
Darley Road and Macpherson Street. At the end of Macpherson Street turn left along Bronte Road and then
do a hairpin turn into Calga Place. There is paid street parking along Calga Place. By public transport
take bus 440 from Bondi Junction Station.
Public toilets, change rooms, hot showers
Maximum water depth:
Minimum swimming proficiency required:
Beginners at low tide, experienced at high tide when waves can crash over
the pool edge.
No swimming if the pool is closed due to dangerous surf conditions.
In the afternoon there is some shade on the water from the cliffs. No shade at other times in or
out of the water.
Always open, except during very rough surf. The change rooms are open 8.30am to 6pm.
If you are staying overnight in the area you can try
accommodation near Bronte Beach
Bondi Beach, which is a 1-2 km walk around the headland, north of Bronte Beach
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information
The marker indicates the approximate location of the pool.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website.
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