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City of Sydney Swimming Pool Open Day 2019

Try Sydney's five city pools for free on the first weekend of summer.
By Nita Fredricks
December 03, 2019
By Nita Fredricks
December 03, 2019

Not every Sydneysider has the luxury of being able to nab a cheeky beach dip in Tamarama after work. The words "hectic traffic", "epic trek", "generally CBF" start a long list of pretty solid excuses. If you're an inner-city dweller, chances are you've found your nearest community pool for cooling off and doing mad laps in. Luckily, the City of Sydney's built a fair few aquatic centres around town. And the first weekend of summer's the perfect time to try 'em all. For free.

On Saturday, December 7, the City of Sydney is opening up all five of its swimming pools for free from 10am till 3pm, inviting locals to try out everything each 50-metre pool has to offer — including the insanely pretty Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool located on the edge of the harbour, Redfern's lovely yellow-hued Prince Alfred Park Pool, Victoria Park Pool in Camperdown, Cook + Phillip Park Pool on the edge of Hyde Park and Ultimo's Harry Seidler-designed Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre. You could hop between each one for a full comparison.

There'll be a range of activities for all ages on the day, including tours, fitness classes, aquatic inflatables, learn-to-swim information, barbecues and face painting. Plus, you get to swim for free.

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