Pool Reviews

Macquarie University Sport & Aquatic Centre – NSW 2109

Macquarie University Aquatic Centre

My experience in the pool

Getting there, getting in, getting changed

You can catch the train to Macquarie University on one of the northern suburbs lines. But I drove this time and was surprised how easy it was to find a parking spot in the University car park (go for the North car park just off Culloden Street) and even better it was free parking for the first two hours (but make sure you get a ticket from the – rather hard to fathom – machines)

Nothing remarkable about the pool entrance. I clambered down vertical steps into the side of the pool at the shallow end. I didn’t spot a disabled ramp, but there definitely good disabled access to the indoor pool.

Lovely showers with warm and cold water right by the side of the pool so you can enjoy those gum trees and the pool views for just a tad longer before returning inside.

Other practicalities

Pool open all year round.

1.3m shallow end, this pool quickly goes to 1.8m and is a lovely 2m at the deep end, with a ledge to stand on if you need to rest.

$5.70 for a one-off swim, with student discounts even if you are not studying at Macquarie.

History and stories about this pool

I have not found any stories or history of Macquarie University pool. Surely it was used during the Sydney Olympics for some national team to train? Surely some famous Olympian has swum here in the past?

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.

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Coffee, tea or milkshake after the swim?

For once the Aquatic Centre had decent coffee. In fact more than decent: Pablo & Rusty’s is the kind of coffee I actually seek out when I’m in an unfamiliar shopping centre so it was a great find to see it on the shelves of the Macquarie University Aquatic Centre café.

They also cook and bake on the premises (and had just burnt some roast tomatoes in the oven as I arrived). But the muffins, presumably baked earlier, were delicious and went down nicely after my work out and with my very smooth coffee.

2 thoughts on “Macquarie University Sport & Aquatic Centre – NSW 2109”

  1. That pool looks terrific. I’m in Orange and the 50m outdoor pool is closed for winter. Boo!

    1. I think there must be a dozen outdoor aquatic centres open all year around Sydney but for most of the rest of Australia swimming seems to be a summer-only activity and in some parts even only a 26C+ activity. When does it open in Orange?

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