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Dawn Fraser Baths
Dawn Fraser Baths

Dawn Fraser Baths

Dawn Fraser Baths is a heritage-listed attraction in Sydney whose rich history makes it one of the most exciting spots in the area.

As the country’s oldest pool, it is named after the Australian sporting icon Dawn Fraser. Dawn Fraser was one of Australia’s most successful swimmers, having won the 100-metre freestyle three times at the Olympics.

Dawn Fraser Baths, History, Opening Hours, Price & Parking, Balmain

Built in the early 1880s, the pool is home to the Balmain Swimming and the Balmain Water Polo clubs, cementing its place as one of the most treasured sites for the community. If you love swimming, this is the perfect spot for you. When the tide is low, there is a beach where the little ones can build sandcastles and frolic in the sand while the adults enjoy taking a dip.

A casual glance at the baths reveals that they are enclosed within a massive wooden structure. This structure also doubles as a stand from which spectators can enjoy the events held on location. Two-storey historic buildings surround the pool.

Amenities at the Dawn Fraser Baths include a kiosk that sells hot food, snacks, refreshments, toilets, showers, and changing rooms. There are plenty of unshaded spots around the pool and a few shaded spots where visitors can relax.

Note that the pool is also fully netted to keep sharks at bay. There is no playground on site, but parents with young children can visit the nearby Elkington Park Playground. Parking is available around Elkington Park, and there is a bus stop nearby for those using public transport.

If you are visiting for the first time, you will enjoy strolling through Balmain; winding up with a dip at the Dawn Fraser Baths.

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Adult (Over 17 yrs): $5.40
Child (5 - 16yrs): $3.70
Child (Under 5yrs & with paying adult): Free
Full-time Student (ID Required): $3.70
Senior Concession: $2.80
General/Pension Concession: $1.60
Family A (1Ad + 3Ch): $11.40
Family B (2Ad + 3Ch): $15.70
Extra Family Child: $2
Extra Family B Adult: $2.70

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