Sydney has no shortage of swimming pools, from secluded rock pools to iconic public pools. The city’s oldest outdoor pool, located at Fig Tree Baths in the heart of the CBD, opened in 1846 and hosted Australia’s first competitive swimming events. Today, the pool remains a popular cultural site.
Many Sydney residents are planning to enjoy the upcoming summer heat by swimming in public sidney pools. The city will offer free admission to six inner-city aquatic centres this Saturday to allow residents to cool off without the cost of a gym membership. Temperatures are expected to peak in the hottest areas of the city, including Camperdown (36C), Ultimo and the CBD (34-6C) and Zetland and Surry Hills (34C).
The most northern of Sydney’s rock pools is the Curl Curl Rockpool, which is sited on the rocky coast from Palm Beach in the north to Cronulla in the south. It is undeniably wilder than any indoor public pool, and the lively saltwater and openness to the sea, beach and sky attract swimmers, artists and other beachgoers. The pool also hosts recreational and competitive swimming, learn-to-swim programs and treasured forms of wave-play.
For those without access to a backyard pool, Sydney’s ocean pools provide a unique and memorable opportunity for “wild swimming”, in the words of Kate Rew, founder of Britain’s Outdoor Swimming Society. The ocean pools on Sydney’s rocky coastline, from Palm Beach in the north to Cronulla and beyond, were once notable recreational and learn-to-swim venues for country children staying at the Stewart House Preventorium or taking part in other social tourism programs.
It is important to hire a qualified Sydney pool builder to ensure that the swimming pool of your dreams is constructed with the highest standards. Search for builders with experience in the area and ask them about their process, pricing structure and warranty options. A professional will listen to your ideas and make sure the pool complies with regulations and codes while still reflecting your vision of paradise.
Before the construction of your pool begins, ask your builder for a detailed quote and read the contract carefully to make sure it covers every aspect of the project. It’s also a good idea to check with your local council to find out about any planning laws that may affect the location of your pool. You should also ask to see proof that your builder has insurance coverage under the Home Building Compensation Fund for the construction time and any warranties provided.
A reputable pool builder should be willing to show you some of their past work to give you an idea of the level of quality that you can expect from them. You should also be able to request copies of any plans or permits that will be required to build your swimming pool. If you need to obtain a permit, it’s best to do so before the construction starts, as this will prevent any delays down the line.