Hop on the ferry at Circular Quay, get off at Cremorne Point and then amble along the walkway to this hidden gem on the waters of the harbour.
The views over Sydney Harbour are absolutely gorgeous. The huge trees by the pool are glorious to too. The water is refreshing, the ferries glide by, yachts bob.
Any complaints? I don’t think so.
Cremorne Reserve, Milson Road, Cremorne Point 2090
The pool is closed for cleaning and refilling once a week, check days on council website here.
Macallum Pool is a public swimming pool, set just by the waters of the harbour and fed by them. It has a deck all around. It is completely free to us
The pool has wooden decks on two sides and seating areas. A green picket fence surrounds the entire area.
There is a small shallow shelf at one end of the pool where smaller children can paddle and sit down.
Adequate space is provided to park prams but note that the two paths off the main path that lead to the pool both have steps.
Toilets: No toilets at the pool and no change rooms but there is an open-air shower
Shade: None over the pool or deck, but some under the trees
Playground: Not at the pool, but there is a good one on Milson Street just opposite Sirius Street and another one in the reserve at Cremorne Point
Mum’s report: This is our favourite secret harbourside hideaway. We love the million-dollar views of the city, bridge and Opera House and the fact that the pool is rarely busy. Macallum Pool is only lacking a café, but then again, it wouldn’t feel so hidden and so special with any more amenities, or people.
Extra: The stroller walk round Cremorne Point – see Sydney For Under Fives
Map reference: Gregory’s 316 F15, Sydway 277 P7, UBD 8 G13
Parking: Street parking at the Cremorne Wharf end of Milson Road and then walk along the path into the reserve, or park further back on Milson Road and take the signposted steps down to the path then turn left
Nearest ferry: Cremorne Point Wharf is a 10 minute walk away
Bus stop nearby: Yes
The pool is not marked on the map but can be seen in satellite view, by 22 and 24 Sirius Road.
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