Pool Reviews

Angelo Anestis Aquatic Centre – Bexley, NSW 2207

Bexley Aquatic Centre

Bexley was named after the south-east London borough of the same name

My experience in the pool

Getting there, getting in, getting changed

It’s about a 15 minute walk to Bexley Aquatic Centre from Bexley North train station, and the bus M41 from Hurstville goes right by the complex. There’s also ample parking in the swimming centre car park.

I took the vertical steps built into the pool wall at the shallow end, but did notice some easier entrances nearer the door from the indoor pool. I just forgot to check for disabled access, but I’m pretty sure in a 21st century pool of this type, it must be pretty decent for those with disabilities.

Lovely showers both outside and in. With showers for all by the indoor pool as well as individual cubicles in the respective gender changing rooms.

Other practicalities

Depth goes from a very precise 1.37m in the shallow end to 2m in the deep, but there is a small ledge to stand on in case you need a breather up there.

Water briney, which felt nicer than chlorine.

Kids play area with a fun looking bucket which presumably tips a bucketload of water over the youngsters on hot days, which must be great.

$8 entrance so pricier than many but if that’s what it takes to have good public facilities, I’m OK with that, especially as most pools in the UK of this standard would be costing twice as much.

Open all year round.

History and stories about this pool

With all the work done on Bexley Pool in recent years, it’s been hard to find much in the way of history of this aquatic centre. The best I found about the build-up to the most recent renovations was on the Sally swimming blog, so follow the link for an insight into the discussions while the work was going on and before it even began.

What’s your story? Any memories of swimming here? Any stories to tell? Or did you just have swimming lessons in days gone by?

Whatever you have to say, however brief, I’d love to hear from you and will add any stories to this section of the site as and when I receive them.  Add your comment or story under ‘Leave a Reply’ below.

Links to other articles on this pool

With Bexley having to live without its pool for so many years, a lot of the usual bloggers and swimming writes have not been able to cover the place, so the only link I found – apart from Sally’s post above – was a local newspaper piece published just after the new pool opened in January 2017.

Coffee, tea or milkshake after the swim?

It’s a good 15 minute walk to get a good post swim coffee after your visit to Bexley Aquatic Centre. Head due north almost as far as Bexley North train station to find…

Shaw St Espresso – 15 Shaw Street, Bexley North, NSW 2207

Open: Mon-Fri 6am-2.30pm; Sat 7am-2pm – closed Sundays

Shaw St Espresso reviewed on the FancyaCuppa website

They serve up the excellent Reformatory Caffeine Lab on their espresso machine. Roasted in Surry Hills in the centre of Sydney, this coffee makes for a delightfully smooth brew. There’s a real buzz to this coffee shop and clearly the locals all come here for their caffeine intake, but I was happy to perch on a couple of stools out the front and watch the world go by.

 

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