City opens pools free to the public

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Entry to the City of Sydney’s five aquatic facilities will be free and special memberships offered at a heavily discounted price during five separate open days.

Starting at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, the City’s five fitness centres with Olympic-sized pools will be opened with free admission for four or five hours on Saturdays throughout January and February.

[caption id="attachment_15082" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool[/caption]

As well as offering free entry to entice people yet to visit the world-class pools and gyms, the public will be offered a special membership deal at each of the pools on their open days.

Available only to those who attend, the City’s 360 memberships, which offer discounted access to a range of the City’s facilities, will have a special joining fee of just $3.60. Members can then purchase a variety of 10-day, fortnightly and 20-day passes.

[caption id="attachment_15084" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre[/caption]

“The City’s five aquatic centres offer a range of pools supervised by professional lifeguards, and advanced facilities for other fitness pursuits,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Low levels of physical activity are linked to obesity and chronic diseases, so we want to encourage residents, workers and visitors to do more exercise to safeguard their physical and mental wellbeing.

“These free open days will allow people to check out the facilities on offer and hopefully encourage them to become a member and improve their fitness.”


[caption id="attachment_15087" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Victoria Park Pool[/caption]

Each of the City’s five aquatic centres boast 50-metre pools for lap swimming and a range of other facilities and services, including gyms, indoor courts, fitness classes, massage/physiotherapy treatments and cafes.

The following pools will be free to the public on their open days:

  • 30 January: Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, 9am–midday
  • 6 February: Prince Alfred Park Pool, 9am–midday
  • 13 February: Victoria Park Pool, 9am–midday
  • 20 February: Cook+Phillip Park Pool, 8am–1pm
  • 27 February: Ian Thorpe Aquatic and Fitness Centre, 8am–1pm
For more information about the 360 membership, visit:

For more information about the pools, visit:

[caption id="attachment_15083" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Cook+Phillip Park Pool[/caption]


For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jodie Minus, phone 0467 803 815 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Paul Mackay on 0432 182 647 or email

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