If you are stuck in Sydney on a hot day, try a swim at one of the many ocean rockpools along the northern and
southern beaches. Even better, head out to one of the many green spaces surrounding Sydney, including the Blue
Mountains and the major national parks to the north and south of the city. The best time of
year for swimming in the outdoors in this region is roughly from September to April, when the weather is at its
warmest and days above 30 degrees are possible. Peak swimming conditions occur in summer and
early Autumn from December to March, however note that it can also rain heavily and more often in these months
(particularly Feb/Mar), so check the weather forecast before heading out.
Select Your Swim:
Click on the heading of each location to find your next swimming day trip or holiday destination or
alternatively search by map
Swim safe, have fun and remember that no matter how cold the water is, it's alright once you're in!
This is the most famous ocean pool in Australia, located next to Sydney's most famous surf beach. A
pilgramage for some swimmers, and a social club for dedicated long-term members. The views are fantastic,
but is it really Sydney's best ocean pool? …
This ocean rock pool is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and sandstone cliffs that hover over
the pool on the other. Less well known than the more popular ocean pool immediately to the north (Bondi), this
pool is more picturesque and less crowded…
The Jellybean Pool on the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, not far from Penrith, has a large sand bank that forms
a jellybean shaped pool in Glenbrook Creek. The pool is nestled in a sandstone gorge in bush surrounds, and if you
beat everyone else to the little car park, it's close to your car too…
Looking for the warmest indoor pool near you? Here is a list of the water temperature
in the warmest pool and the warmest lap pool in every public swimming pool in Sydney. Perfect for both the
squibs and for the dedicated winter swimmer…
More swims are coming soon.
Each swimming spot includes a link to swimming safety information
. Please make sure you
read that information before you head out, particularly if you are an inexperienced swimmer.
I'm always interested in hearing about and visiting new swimming holes, so feel free to share them
with me and suggest a swim
After more than a decade of research, here are
my top 50 swimming holes in Victoria
. Make the most of your holiday when you head south of the border, including
some swims that are within easy reach of southern NSW.
My companion website Waterfall Seasons - The Waterfall Guide
all of the waterfalls that I have visited during my search for swimming holes. You can swim at some of them, but most are
just for viewing and admiring. Great for a day trip when it's too chilly to get into the water.
My companion website Ankle Deep Water
lists shallow water play areas
that I have come across during my search for swimming holes. These are for splashing rather than swimming and
most are suitable for toddlers (under supervision), so they can be a great option if you have a young family.
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