Love the beach, but prefer to stay away from rough waves? Rockpools are the solution! On a hot summer day in Sydney, take a trip to one of these shallow, protected ocean pools around Sydney’s Northern Beaches and maximise your summer fun.
Rock pools around Sydney’s Northern Beaches
1. Queenscliff Beach and Rockpool, 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 Rockpool, Freshwater Beach
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 also has nearby toilets and showers as part of the set up.
3. Dee Why Rockpool, Dee Why Beach
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 Rockpool, 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. North Narrabeen Rockpool
Located at the entrance to Narrabeen Lagoon with access off Narrabeen Park Parade, there’s a huge area of natural rockpools around North Narrabeen, which are perfect for lazing around in the warm waters and spotting interesting sea creatures.
There’s also a ocean pool on a point, which has gorgeous panoramic views. The pool is 50 metres with a timber boardwalk separating the main lap pool from the rest of the pool.
Change rooms showers and toilets are available. A cafe is located close by.