From today, September 27, council-run outdoor pools across New South Wales are allowed to reopen. As with other exercise rules, residents aren’t allowed to travel outside their local government area (LGA) or more than five kilometres from their homes to swim (many facilities state they will ask for proof of address), and pools must have a strict Covid-19 safety plan in place, as well as a capacity limit. While there was initially some confusion as to whether only the vaccinated could enter, the NSW Government has since clarified that unvaccinated residents can swim as well. However, some pools are only admitting vaccinated patrons.
Not all pools are reopening. And some are implementing very specific rules. Here’s where you can swim now, and further down the track, council by council.
Residents of the Bayside Council area will need to wait a bit longer before they can take a dip – Botany Aquatic Centre is still waiting on clarification from the NSW Government on the public health order before it reopens. Check for updates here. Similarly, the Angelo Anestis Aquatic Centre in Bexley will remain closed for the time being. Stay tuned for when it’s set to reopen here.
Blacktown City Council
Four outdoor pools in the Blacktown LGA have reopened today: Blacktown Aquatic Centre, Charlie Lowles Leisure Centre, Mount Druitt Swimming Centre and Riverstone Swimming Centre. All four pools are taking bookings to ensure they adhere to the four-square-metre rule. Book here for Blacktown Aquatic Centre, here for Charlie Lowles, here for Mount Druitt and here for Riverstone. They’re all temporarily running with reduced opening hours, from 9am to 5pm daily. Blacktown Leisure Centre, which is indoors, remains closed.
Municipality of Burwood
Enfield Aquatic Centre’s 50-metre outdoor pool has reopened today for recreational and lap swimming. Change rooms are open, and you can make a booking here.
City of Canada Bay
Canada Bay’s two picturesque swimming pools, Cabarita Swimming Centre and Drummoyne Swimming Centre, have opened to the public today. Bookings aren’t available, so swimmers are advised to visit at off-peak times if they can. Regular opening hours and entry fees apply.
Campbelltown City Council
Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre and Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre have both reopened today. You’ll need a booking, and sessions run for 1.5 hours. Bookings open the day before and can be secured here.
City of Canterbury-Bankstown
Canterbury-Bankstown’s four outdoor public swimming pools have reopened: Birrong, Canterbury, Max Parker and Roselands. One-hour bookings are available here and open 25 hours in advance.
Cumberland City Council
Granville, Auburn and Wentworthville pools have reopened, while Guildford and Merrylands remain closed. They’re all running at reduced hours: Granville is open from 7am to 3pm daily, and Auburn and Wentworthville open 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 3pm on weekends.
Fairfield City Council
Fairfield’s outdoor pools at Prairiewood and Fairfield are currently undergoing renovations so will not be reopening.
Georges River Council
Sans Souci Leisure Centre will remain closed for the time being. It aims to reopen on October 11.
Hawkesbury City Council
Richmond Swimming Centre and Hawkesbury Oasis are both reopening to the public today.
The Hills Shire Council
Waves Aquatic Centre remains closed for refurbishment.
Hornsby Shire Council
Hornsby Aquatic and Leisure Centre has reopened its 50-metre outdoor pool. Lap swimming is available only to adults and confident swimmers – and proof of full vaccination is required upon entry. You must also pre-book your 45-minute session online.
Inner West Council
Inner westies have had the chance to take a dip already, thanks to the reopening of Dawn Fraser Baths a couple of weeks ago. Now, Ashfield Aquatic Centre and Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centres have reopened too. You’ll have a one-hour limit to get your laps out of the way.
Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre has reopened to the public. Walk-ins only.
Lane Cove Council
Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre’s outdoor pool has reopened. And Greenwich Baths harbour pool reopened to the public last week for its summer season.
Liverpool City Council
Whitlam Leisure Centre has confirmed it will delay reopening as it works through the restrictions. Keep updated here.
Mosman Swim Centre is indoors, so it’s not reopening yet.
North Sydney Council
North Sydney’s iconic harbourfront Olympic pool is currently undergoing a $10 million renovation, and won’t be open until 2023.
Northern Beaches Council
The outdoor pools at Manly’s Andrew “Boy” Charlton pool and the Warringah Aquatic Centre reopen today. It’s walk-in only, and there may be wait times to get in a lane.
City of Parramatta
Epping Aquatic Centre’s 50-metre pool is reopening today, but its toddler pool remains closed. Vaccinations aren’t required but are “encouraged”.
Penrith City Council
Ripples St Marys and Ripples Penrith have both reopened, from 6am–6pm daily.
Randwick City Council
Des Renford Leisure Centre’s outdoor area – which includes its Olympic, “dome” and toddler pools – reopens today.
City of Ryde
Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre remains closed.
Sutherland Shire Council
Sutherland, Engadine and Caringbah leisure centres are all reopening their outdoor pools today. Currently council rules state that swimmers over 16 must be fully vaccinated.
City of Sydney
Andrew Boy Charlton, Prince Alfred Park and Victoria Park pools all reopen today. Bookings are not required. The new Gunyama Park pool in Green Square reopens on September 30.
Willoughby City Council
Public pools in the Willoughby area are indoors and therefore remain closed.