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North Sydney Olympic Pool, Milsons Point

Set between the northern tower of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the toothy entrance to the 1930s-built Luna Park funfair, this pool boasts panoptic views across the glittering harbour towards the Sydney Opera House, CBD and Millers Point. It also has a curious secret: more world records have been set here than at any other venue – 86 to be precise. 

The 50-metre, nine-lane pool is an architectural jaw-dropper. The art deco gem opened in 1936, while a heated 25-metre pool was added by architecture firm Hassell in 2001. The sauna, gym, spa, crèche and café are modern but the building’s charm lies in its older details: colourful shells and marine-themed masonry compete with the invigorating harbour view for swimmers’ attention. The pool is open until 19.00 on weekdays and 17.00 on weekends.

4 Alfred Street South, 2061
+61 (0)2 9955 2309
northsydney.nsw.gov.au
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Store Beach, Manly

If you’re keen to escape the throngs of Speedo-wearing bathers, head north to one of Sydney’s little-known assets – although you’ll need a kayak or boat because secluded Store Beach, just inland from Sydney Harbour National Park, is only accessible by sea. It offers tranquil waters free from riptides (unseen currents that can sweep people away) so you can swim stress-free. The sandy cove is also lovely for a spot of sunbathing. We recommend packing a picnic and hiring a kayak from Manly Kayak Centre. Paddling to Store Beach takes about 45 minutes.

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Rushcutters Bay Tennis Courts, Rushcutters Bay

Tucked away in a corner of Rushcutters Bay Park, where the stunning views over the water attract a busy crowd, these five tennis courts are a leafy retreat. Courts open at 07.00, offering breakfast-time competitions for the more motivated, and stay open for 15 hours on most days. There’s an emphasis on players interacting socially with one other and coaching is also offered. Book a court online and hire equipment at the café kiosk, which serves coffee, tea and snacks.

7 Waratah Street, 2011
+61 (0)2 9357 7332
rushcuttersbaytennis.com.au

Images: Katie Kaars

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