Pool Reviews

Petersham Pool, Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre – NSW 2049

Petersham Pool

My experience in the pool

Getting there, getting in, getting changed

I was amazed for an inner-west Sydney pool that I was able to park for free with unlimited hours. And that was just across Petersham Park from the pool. There are trains and buses to Petersham too.

Nothing remarkable about getting into or out of the water at Petersham pool. There is excellent disabled access with a good wheelchair ramp into the water along one side.

Nice, modern feel to the changing rooms.

Other practicalities

Pool closed for winter.

Entrance fee $5.40 in 2017-18.

25m pool only these days, so no 50m lap-seekers in Petersham.

History and stories about this pool

The pool opened for the first time in 1962, long after the high point in the career of the local swimmer who would later (from 1999) give the centre its official name. The Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre website has a lovely history of Fanny Durack, whose story as a pioneer woman swimmer in Australia was quite remarkable.

The ABC website also has a feature on Australian swimmers at those Stockholm Olympics in 1912.

For the best stories about the pool and the people who swim here, check out some of the links below from swimming blogger Therese, who joined me in Petersham for my own swim here.

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

My friend and fellow swim blogger Therese has been to Petersham Pool countless times and written about people associated with the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre in numerous blog posts. Here’s one of my favourites from her website.

And another from Therese’s Swimming Pool Stories website.

The Lazy Swimmer blogger came to Petersham in 2009.

Another old favourite, the Hello Sydney Kids website came to Fanny Durack pool, too.

And another website for keeping kids entertained also likes Petersham’s pool.

Coffee, tea or milkshake after the swim?

Just across the road from Petersham Park is a nice place for good coffee in Petersham

The Pig & Pastry – 1 Station St, Petersham, NSW 2049

Closed Tuesdays. Open Mon-Weds + Fri; 7.30am-4pm Sat-Sun; 8am-4pm

Coffee in Petersham

The Pig & Pastry use beans from the excellent Single O coffee roasters, so that’s a plus, but I also noticed one of my favourite brands of loose leaf tea, if that’s what you’re after. Tippity Teas are among Australia’s best.

Lovely coffee shop with fresh, slightly shabby chic, feel. Lots of tiling on the walls and air flowing through. This place gets busy, even mid-morning on a weekday.

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