Five Sydney rock pools for kids

Summer days mean lots of beachside wandering, so take a trip to one of these shallow, protected ocean pools and maximise your summer fun.

1. Queenscliff Beach and Rock Pool, Manly

At the far northern end of Manly beach is a great rock pool and swimming area for kids. The protected pool still gives families a taste of the ocean experience and the raised position means you have sweeping views across the beach. It’s also close to the cafe strip and shops for some strolling, or take the gentle 5km pram-friendly beachside stroll to Shelly Beach for even more fun. Pack the scooters and bikes if you have older children too!

2. Freshwater Rock Pool, Freshwater

Wander down to the northernmost end of Freshwater Beach where you’ll find a gorgeous, 50m seawater pool set amongst the rocks with the ocean bumping up against the walls! The generous size of the pool gives kids freedom to swim in safer conditions than the open sea and it aso has nearby toilets and showers as part of the set up.

3. Dee Why Rock Pool, Oaks Avenue, Dee Why

The Dee Why Rockpool is the ultimate family stop for parents because of its proximity to a playground and coffee! This means you can make a day of it with the whole family and enjoy swimming, playing, caffeine hits and a late lunch or early breakfast at the nearby cafe. As for the pool itself, there is a laned 50m ocean pool of natural sandstone and concrete walls with a special toddler area. The children’s rockpool is fascinating and in gorgeous condition with incredible views.

4. Clovelly Beach, Clovelly

Clovelly is another beach that’s brimming with all the perfect perks for parents! There is a playground plus a 25-metre ocean pool and the added bonus of BBQs and picnic shelters plus a kiosk, the Seasalt Cafe, where you can stock up on snacks and drinks. The children’s rockpool area is enclosed by stone walls and calm, so perfect for safe swimming with the children.

5. Bogey Hole and Rockpool, Bronte

When the tide goes out at Bronte Beach, the Bogey Hole appears! The Hole is a naturally formed pool only visible at low-tide. There’s also the nearby Bogey Hole cafe for lunch after everyone’s tired of exploring the surrounds, that has a view of the beach from tables.


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