Newport Ocean Pool

Newport, NSW, Australia

Newport Ocean Pool is one of the true icons of Northern Sydney. A 50-metre pool that sits at the southern end of Newport Beach, its Olympic size makes it a favourite place for locals to swim laps surrounded by the sounds of the surf. It rests on a natural flat rock platform that, when the weather is just right, is covered with a thin mist. The charm is enhanced by the uneven rickety railings that lead into the water across barnacle-covered stairs.

How To Get There: Newport Beach can be reached by driving north from Manly along Barrenjoey Road or by taking the L87, L88, L89 or L90 bus services from Wynyard Station in the city. Newport Ocean Pool is accessible from the beach or along the walkway at the corner of Calvert Parade and Boulevard.

Difficulty of Access: 2/10 The pool is located right next to the corner of the sand. There is a railing along the old steps leading right into the northern end of the pool.

Opening Times/Seasons: Open all year.

Entrance Fee: Free.

Facilities Nearby: Public toilets, showers, picnic area, playground, electric barbecues, pay and display parking.

Other Activities: Surfing, rock walking, fishing.

Other Places of Interest Nearby: Newport Beach is one of the most popular spots on the Northern Beaches, bringing many shops, cafes and pubs to the area. Across the peninsula is Pittwater, another calm body of water worth exploring by canoe, kayak or boat. At the beach’s southern headland, a part-submerged reef extends around 450m out to sea. If you’re looking for good fishing, head to the northern end of the beach instead.

Wildlife: There’s a variety of sea birds in the area, and between April and December, you can follow the migration of humpback whales.

Places to Eat: There are a number of cafes and small restaurants right near the beach front at Newport. For great Campos coffee you can’t go past Zubi Bar. If after a long swim you’ve worked up an appetite, drop into the Harvest Store & Kitchen for a stylish, yet relaxed long lunch right by the beach. The team at Merivale (best known for Coogee Pavilion and CBD’s The Ivy), have recently taken over at the Newport Arms Hotel on the Pittwater side, and will soon be serving upmarket pub food and pizzas to accompany stellar water views.

Where to Camp: The Sydney Lakeside NRMA Holiday Park in North Narrabeen – a few beaches south of Newport – provides powered campsites as well as a range of cabins, villas and bungalows. For a more back-to-nature experience, The Basin campground in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, 30 minutes’ drive from Newport, has unpowered sites by the water, but with the comforts of an amenities block, barbecues, fire pits and toilets.

Other Places to Stay: The Newport Mirage is a beautiful hotel on Pittwater, about a 20-minute walk to the beach. There are some lovely smaller places to stay within walking distance of Newport Beach such as The Pittwater Bed & Breakfast and Newport Beach B&B. There are also a number of private stays that you can look up close to Newport Beach.

Nearby Towns: Avalon, Clareville, Mona Vale, Narrabeen.

Other Swimming Spots Nearby: Whale Beach, Avalon Beach, Winji Jimmi Bay, Bongin Bongin Bay.

Comments: If you’re looking to do some laps, there’s nowhere more beautiful in Sydney.

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