Sydney has a swag of awesome outdoor pools that offer not only an area to swim in, but also water slides, wave pools, splash pads and whirlpools. Here's a list of the top 10, located all across Sydney.
Overview: With indoor, outdoor and toddler pools, this is a great place to visit when you have kids of all different ages. The Aquaplay water park will keep kids entertained and cool for quite a while. There's slides, water spouts, water buckets and a nice spongy ground surface.
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Address: Vine St, Fairfield
Telephone: (02) 9754 2078
Cost: $9.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids.
Overview: The adventure aqua playground Aquatopia is the reason to come to this pool. There are outdoor and indoor pools and the charge to use Aquatopia is in addition to the pool entrance fee. But it's definitely worth it, with 10 metre high triple slides, giant water buckets, mushroom showers and the Stingray Surf Rider and Fishpipe ride. It's much more affordable than going to the one of the bigger water slide parks.
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Address: Prairie Vale Rd, Prairiewood
Telephone: (02) 9757 2433
Cost: From $6.00 for the public pool (Aquatopia will be an extra cost of between $15-$20 depending on whether or not you are a local resident).
Overview: This pool has a separate fenced water park area next to the main pool with lots of jets, sprays and a tipping bucket. There's also a climbing structure with more water features, with some sun protection, and a great shallow pool for under 5's.
Address: Corner Gascoigne and Wellington Roads, Birrong
Telephone: (02) 9644 8300
Cost: $6.20 for adults and $4.80 for kids.
Overview: The Hills District has an awesome pool to go to cool down and play on a sunny day. The outdoor heated pool is surrounded by grassy areas to stretch out on and they sometimes have a giant inflatable up during the school holidays. Little ones are catered for, with a shaded toddler pool with tipping buckets and a sandpit next to the cafe. There's even an outdoor trampoline park, next to the outdoor pool, on the other side of the fence. You need to pay an additional fee to jump on the trampolines on top of the general admission to the pool. It costs $5 per hour to jump, or $10 for all day access.
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Address: 44 Mileham Ave, Baulkham Hills
Telephone: (02) 9639 6133
Cost: $5.80 for adults and $4.30 for kids.
Overview: This is the best place to swim in the Inner West, with 50 metre and 25 metre outdoor pools, and a water playground and a toddlers pool. They also have an inflatable water monster in the 25 metre pool during the warm months.
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Address: Portland Street (cnr Shelley Street), Enfield
Telephone: (02) 9747 4319
Cost: $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for kids.
Overview: Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre features a 50 metre outdoor Olympic pool and a fairly new interactive shaded play pool for children, that is designed to help build water confidence. All pools are heated and feature disability access.
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Address: Wyatt Park, Church Street, Lidcombe
Telephone: (02) 9749 5031
Cost: $6.50 for adults and $4.60 for kids
Kiosk: Not yet but there is a cafe that will be open in time for summer
Overview: This is another pool that has had a recent upgrade, with a 25 metre outdoor pool with plenty of shade, a splash pad area with fountains and caves for kids to run through, and plenty of seating and picnic tables.
Address: Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest
Telephone: (02) 9451 8000
Cost: $7.90 for adults and $5.90 for kids.