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Sydney is home to a number of rock pools that make perfect day trips for families.They’re great opportunities for families to get out of the house and spend time together without spending a fortune. The array of rock pools can make it difficult to choose which to visit, with some being overwhelmingly busy. So we’ve found the five most family friendly rock pools in Sydney to make the choice a little easier.
Freshwater Beach Baths, Freshwater Beach
With a history stretching to the 1920’s, this is one of Sydney’s oldest and most beloved rock pools. Located at the Northern end of Freshwater Beach, its 50m swimming pool provides a buffer from the full brunt of ocean waves. As the pool is only slightly deeper than a metre, it’s perfect for parents who want to keep an eye on their children.
Dee Why Rock Pool, Dee Why
The Dee Why rock pool is a family favourite for its toddler pool and close proximity to shower facilities. The rock pool is also close to a number of delicious restaurants to help round off a long day. Located on The Strand, Wildwater Grill is especially renowned for its seaside alfresco dining and is only a few minutes walk from the rock pool.
Glenbrook Rock Pool, Blue Mountains National Park
The Glenbrook rock pool is a hidden gem tucked inside the Blue Mountains National Park.
The rock pool is at the end of a 1km trail through the mountain forest where you can experience Sydney’s stunning flora and fauna first hand. A swim in the rock pool is the perfect way to cool off after the walk so be sure to pack some kids swimwear as they’ll want to join in.
Giles Baths, Coogee
One of the larger rock pools in Sydney, Giles Bath attracts a more mellow crowd than that which occupies the nearby Coogee beach. The pool is also surrounded by rocks that children can climb when they need a break from swimming. Parents can be reassured of extra safety through the regular lifeguard patrolls at the rock pool.
Ivor Rowe, South Coogee
A leisurely 2km walk from Coogee makes Ivor Rowe a peaceful family retreat. The larger pool is perfect for parents, with the surrounding rock pools a fascinating puzzle for children. Back at Coogee, there’s a cluster of restaurants that span cuisines from Vietnamese to Brazilian to help fill hungry stomachs.