Sydney’s Best Ocean Pools – MacCallum Pool, Cremorne Point

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.

MacCallum Pool

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.

Cafe: BYO

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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Posted on: January 19, 2012


  • Reply January 19, 2012


    Soshi, Soshi, Soshi, I have to go to this pool the next time we in Sydney. Ahhhhhhh. xx

    • Reply January 19, 2012


      Mo, get right over here before summer is over! What are you doing in the far north of Bonnie Scotland when you could be splashing around with us!!???

  • Reply February 28, 2012


    Beautiful! This goes straight on my list of places to see. Thanks!

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  • Reply November 2, 2014


    Great news we are moving to Cremorne Point in November! This pool is perfect for my 4 year old!

    • Reply November 2, 2014

      Seana Smith

      A wonderful place tolive, so close to the city and fantastic playgrounds.

  • Reply December 10, 2014


    Good day, I would like to know whether this is a good spot to see the fireworks? I am flying to Sydney from Holland to be there on new years Eve.

    Hope to hear from you

    • Reply December 10, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Yes it’s a wonderful spot BUT you need to get there early, during the day, to get a good spot as it gets very very crowded. Is your accommodation close to there?

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