Revesby Aquatic Centre – Revesby, NSW 2212

Named after a Lincolnshire village where the first European settler here came from. My experience in the pool My swim at Revesby Aquatic Centre was a classic Aussie experience on so many levels. Actually I should just say the venue is officially called the Max Parker Leisure and Aquatic Centre. I forgot to ask who Max Parker is of course, so I hoped for help from a quick Google search after my swim, only to find that Nicole Kidman's new son-in-law happens to have the same name, and he Read more [...]

Prairiewood Leisure Centre – NSW 2176

Prairiewood hosts Australia’s oldest Eid Festival every year My experience in the pool It's almost a year since I swam in the Olympic pool at Prairiewood Leisure Centre in Sydney's west. But since I didn't find anywhere decent for a coffee after my swim, I was holding off posting until I had a chance to revisit the area. A bit of a gap in my outdoor swims this year has pushed me into posting now, and let's see if any Prairiewood locals read this and have an idea where to go for a Read more [...]

Parramatta Swimming Centre – Parramatta, NSW 2150

The second oldest city in Australia My experience in the pool I was horrified to learn that Parramatta Swimming Centre is under threat from the planned expansion of the stadium next door. Surely they won't rip up a beautiful spot like this with a great combination of social history and community use still today? There is a campaign on to keep this swimming centre open and build the stadium around it or expand in a different direction, but the way NSW is these days, with the total hegemony Read more [...]