Sydney’s top 5 swimming spots for kids

Summer has finally arrived in Sydney again. It’s late this year… which like any tardiness is simply bad manners. But as I write, the air is warm, the sky is blue, and I can hear the noises of Bondi in full action. Ahhhh… life is good, because I am, without a doubt, a summer-loving kinda gal. I don’t look it. I have dead white skin and look like a milk bottle in a bikini when I go to the beach. But since having kids, I love the lifestyle we lead in summer.

Here are my Top places to swim in Sydney in summer.

  1. Bondi Beach. Okay, seeing as I live nearby this isn’t particularly adventurous… but it’s a great beach for everything from surfing to people watching. Grab a foam board for the kids and learn to surf in Bondi.
  2. Neilson Park: I balk at actually putting this one on my list because I’d rather keep it to myself. An excellent spot for a picnic—shaded trees, netted beach, a kiosk, rocks to climb… and a view that is simply sublime. http://www.nielsenpark.com.au/
  3. The northern end of Mona Vale Beach is one of the best family beaches in Sydney. It caters to all age groups, with two seawater pools (a large and a toddler pool), as well as the surf, and plenty of rock pools to explore. The shape of the beach means it’s easy to keep an eye on everyone. Opposite the car park is a wonderful shaded playground, perfect for shaking off the sand before you head home.
  4. Balmoral Beach: With a playground, plenty of shade, and good coffee nearby, it’s no wonder Balmoral is a favourite for families with younger kids.
  5. There are loads of aquatic centres in Sydney… Cook + Phillip in the city is great; as is Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in Homebush (excellent on a those scorching hot days, but get there early) BUT my favorite swimming pool is Botany Aquatic Centre. Completely outdoors, with well-kept grassy picnic areas and trees, Botany has a bygone era feel to it. The pools are far apart, and there is a waterslide that holds sessions every half hour. At the corner of Myrtle and Jasmine streets Botany, it’s open 7-days a week.
  • I thought I’d add some of my favourite swimming spots to take the kids in southern Sydney:
    – Between South and North Cronulla beaches: There’s rock pools to explore, a seawater pool and playgrounds and shaded grass areas and change rooms at both South and North Cronulla
    – Carss Bush Park, Blakehurst: Sheltered beach great for paddling. Loads of shady grassed areas to picnic and a nice playground nearby. Easy parking.
    – Darook Park, around from Gunnamatta Bay: A bit of a secret spot and tricky to get too if your loaded up with all your beach paraphernalia (you need to walk down a very steep ramp to get there) but it is a perfect place for real little kids

  • Hi Melissa. Thanks a million. These are great. I’m not as familiar with southern Sydney. I’ve been to Carss Bush Park, but must get down to Cronulla before the end of the school holidays. Any other suggestions for that area?
    Jane