Our Top 4 places to swim with kids

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Our Top 4 places to swim with kids
    Things to do; Youth and families; Double Bay; Vaucluse; Watsons Bay

Published 25 January 2023

With temperatures set to soar this week, beat the heat by taking the family to one of these stunning and kid friendly beaches.

Two girls and one boy building a sand castle

Camp Cove

Arguably one of the best beaches in Sydney, Camp Cove Beach is a great place for kids to swim. Its harbour-side location means the water is generally calm and clean and there’s a great view of the harbour and city skyline.

Go for a walk through the adjacent national park and visit the kiosk for post-swim snacks.

The car park does tend to get full very quickly, so get down early if you’re driving.

Two female children and mum and dad playing on Redleaf beach

Murray Rose Pool

Murray Rose Pool, set amongst the lush Blackburn Gardens, is another legendary place for a day out with the kids. There’s a large netted swimming enclosure and the shallow and calm water along the shore is great for toddlers wanting a paddle. Older kids will love running along the boardwalk and diving off the pontoons.

You can grab lunch or a coffee at Redleaf Kiosk, and there’s also change rooms and bathroom facilities available.

When you’re done at the beach, why not picnic in the shade of Blackburn Gardens or check out the latest exhibitions at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf.

Aerial drone shot of Parsley Bay suspension bridge and beach

Parsley Bay

Slightly off the beaten track, Parsley Bay Reserve is great for all ages. Toddlers can paddle in the shallow waters along the beach, which has a netted enclosure. Older kids will enjoy jumping off the jetty and make sure to pack the snorkels to check out Parsley Bay’s diverse marine life. In summer, keep an eye out for Eastern Water Dragons sunning themselves along the water’s edge.

There’s also a short bushland walking circuit (15-20 minutes), a fantastic all-abilities playground, picnic facilities and a kiosk.

Children playing on the pontoon at Watsons Bay Baths, with ocean in the background

Watsons Bay Baths

Watsons Bay Baths is a fully accessible harbourside tidal enclosure that is popular with all ages and abilities. The baths consist of two floating sunbathing pontoons, a boardwalk and seating with great views of Sydney Harbour. The baths have Australia's first deep water wheelchair access to a tidal harbour pool.

The adjacent Teagardens provide shaded outdoor seating, toilets and change room facilities. You can also stop by Watsons Bay Library to pick up some new reads after your swim.

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