Pool Reviews

Blacktown Aquatic Centre – Blacktown, NSW 2148

Blacktown’s name has its origins in the Stolen Generation as there was a ‘Native Institution’ here in the 19th century.

My experience in the pool

Getting there, getting in, getting changed

The trains might zip past Blacktown Aquatic Centre, but Blacktown train station is still about 10-15 minutes walk away. Lots of parking by the pool if you come in the car.

I didn’t get a chance to study too closely different ways to get in and out of the water because by the time I finished my swim, those schoolkids were practising their rolling dives…

Nothing remarkable I noticed about the changing rooms. Shame the old ‘war memorial pool’ entrance is no longer used but at least they have kept the frontage (though you enter the aquatic centre round the side now)

Other practicalities

Outdoor pool closed in winter. Indoors there is another 50m pool.

Entrance fee $6.20 in 2017-18.

History and stories about this pool

The pool opened for the first time in 1961 as Blacktown’s War Memorial Pool.

Margaret Whitlam (wife of then opposition leader and later to be PM) swam at Blacktown. She managed to ‘scrape into second’ in an event for ‘mothers’! How times change…

The pool was used by one of the Olympic swimming teams as training centre for the Sydney Olympics. And Olympians Kieran Perkins and Ian Thorpe trained here at Blacktown.

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

This 2013 blog piece is quite political but does also include some usefuls tidbits of information on Blacktown Pool and its past users.

And this article from 2015 talks of new funding to improve Blacktown aquatic centre – in English as well as Chinese!

Coffee, tea or milkshake after the swim?

It’s a bit of a trek to get decent coffee in Blacktown, and not that easy to find among the very average coffee on offer in most places.

I ended up accosting a guy carrying a Campos Coffee cup to ask where on earth he found it, and was steered downstairs in the shopping mall opposite Blacktown train station…

Café Lelunar – Level Two, Westpoint Shopping Centre, Blacktown, NSW 2148

Open Daily: Mon-Sat 8am-5.30pm; Sun; 9am-5pm

Coffee in Blacktown

Great to get a decent coffee in Blacktown – Campos coffee pretty consistent so I was happy with that – enormous muffins, too, to fill that gap, even after ten laps. Well it had been a long morning after all…

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