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4 of the best ocean pools in Cronulla, Sydney

Discover four of the best ocean pools in Cronulla, Sydney, that you’ll want to add to your bucket list.

Ocean pools are quintessentially Australian, scattered primarily along the east coast and often boasting azure blue water amid stunning landscapes.

These pools provide the perfect place to take a dip, swim laps, and shelter from rough seas and of course those unwanted sea creatures.

In this edition of our best ocean pool series, we take a look at the best ocean pools in Cronulla, Sydney that you’ll want to add to your bucket list.

North Cronulla Rockpool

The North Cronulla Rockpool is located on the same rock face as the South Cronulla Rockpool between North and South Cronulla beach.

Originally built in 1941, the rockpool got a facelift in the 1990s to prevent erosion from the ocean swell.

This pool has one of the most stunning views in the Sutherland Shire and is a popular spot for early morning swims among locals.

South Cronulla Rockpool

The South Cronulla Rockpool is considered the main rockpool of Cronulla.

Built in 1932 the Olympic sized pool is a great spot to swim laps while taking in the world-class view many would pay millions for.

Did you know? In 1939 the rockpool became the first and only ocean pool to have train station access.

Shelly Beach Rock Pool

The Shelly Beach Rock Pool is a crowd favourite during summer because of its convenient location on the esplanade.

Originally built in the 1930s by local residents, the pool is home to clans from the Dharawal First Nations people.

The crystal clear water is ideal for swimming laps, playing in the water with the kids or just cleansing your soul.

Once you finish your swim enjoy the beautiful sunshine on the grass lawn next to the pool.

Oak Park Ocean Pool

The Oak Park Ocean Pool was built in 1931 and looks to be one with the ocean with its rocky walls extending all the way from the beach out into the ocean.

Located between Bass and Flinders Point on the Cronulla Esplanade this pool is the perfect place for a refreshing dip after a walk along the Esplanade or for when the surf conditions aren’t ideal for swimming.

  • Written by Ocean Swims on 13 December 2021
  • (Updated on 3 August 2023)



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