Sydney’s Best Pools for Kids- Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre (Updated)

Five went mad at the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre!

I hadn’t taken all the children there before and was interested to see what the older boys would think. I took my four plus one random friend for extra added fun.

They had a ball. They enjoyed it more than I expected in fact. The kids are used to the more plentiful joys of Lane Cove Pool, Ryde Pool and the Sydney Olympic Pool; Ian Thorpe has less space dedicated to kids and families but what did the kids care? It was wet, warm and there was space enough to splash, they had a terrific time. And they were exhausted afterwards, crucially.

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Swimming Laps Outdoors in Sydney – My Very Favourite Places

So, this is the summer of sea swimming for me. It’s been decided.

I don’t quite know why but the notion has fixed itself firmly in my noddle.

I’ve enjoyed swimming all my life and would always have said – yes, even as a child in Bonnie, Chilly Scotland – that I loved sea swimming.

And Sydney excels. EXCELS, I tell you, when it comes to swimming laps outside.

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Family Fun at Jervis Bay – The Bay and Basin Pool

So what do you do at Jervis Bay on a rainy day?

Yes, I know, it’s a horrifying prospect, but we cannot tell a lie.

The weather is bad occasionally at Jervis Bay. Sad but true.

We often pack all the kids in the car and scoot up the road to the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre.  The pool there is the big attraction.  The 40m long slide is our kids’ particular favourite.

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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.

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Sydney’s Most Family-Friendly Swimming Pools – Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic Centre

Here’s a great spot for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and for your older children too, especially when the wave machine is operating.

This pool is the closest one to the city centre and, of course, it does get crowded, especially during holidays.

This pool is excellent in combination with a trip to the Australian Museum which is next door.  That’s what I call a very full day of culture and exercise!

I’ve posted a short but sweet video of the pool here.

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Underwater Movie Magic – We Hope

Here’s a little vlog expressing my delight at a self-purchased (and in a good cause too), early Christmas pressie.