The Bronte Baths in Sydney are a beautiful place to relax and have fun without the worry of the natural dangers of the ocean.
These ocean baths are located on the edges of Bronte Beach. It is perfect for the keen swimmer to do some lengths or for those wishing to relax and take in the amazing coastal views.
We’ll give you all the information you need regarding the Bronte Baths. Including how to get there and what to expect.
How to get to the Bronte Baths
Address: Bronte NSW 2024, Australia
The Bronte Baths are located right beside Bronte Beach in Sydney.
If you’re new to Sydney as a fellow backpacker then the best way to get there would be by train/bus. You can plan your route from your location using the Transport NSW website.
Handy Tip: If you haven’t already, get yourself an Opal card which you can use to get around Sydney easily using train, tram or bus.
Parking at Bronte Beach and Bronte Baths
If you follow the above address on Google maps it will take you on Calga Pl.
On Calga Pl there is plenty of parking to park your car whether you are visiting Bronte Baths or Bronte Beach. Keep in mind this is paid parking though.
Opening hours and cost
The Bronte Baths are always open and do not have an opening or closing time. However, they may be temporarily closed for cleaning or if the waves are particularly bad in the ocean.
You can view the cleaning schedule on the Waverley government website.
The great thing about the Bronte Baths is that it is completely free and has no entrance fee.
It is a great alternative to the famous Bondi Icebergs Pool on Bondi Beach as that has an entrance fee. As backpackers, we need to save all the coin we can, where we can.
What to expect at the Bronte Baths
The Bronte Baths are perfect for just about anyone, whether you’re an individual, a couple, part of a group of friends or family.
The actual pool is designed like an Olympic swimming pool you may find in sports centres. Although it probably isn’t the same size. It is filled with lovely turquoise seawater and has lanes which enable you to do some lengths as exercise.
I am sure those of you are thinking you don’t want to get in the way of people doing lengths or likewise, you don’t want people getting in your way doing lengths.
That’s fine, as the pool is sectioned off for those who want to chill and relax and for those who want to get some exercise. It’s the perfect depth to accommodate both.
To enter the pool, you must go down some steps which are beautifully designed with a white picket fence.
This is one of the best photos to take as you are climbing up or down with the pool and ocean in the background.
If you have a drone, you can take amazing shots of the pool with the sea at the side.
Dipping or Swimming?
If you eventually decide to take a dip, before your big toe touches the water, be aware that the pool can be quite cold. Especially outside summer. You may be forced to do a few lengths to warm up!
However, when we visited the Bronte Baths for the first time the cold water was a blessing. We were doing the Bondi to Coogee walk (starting from Coogee) visiting places like Gordons Bay and sweating due to the heat.
Overall, it is a great place for a visit and to have a swim. We have been many times and have always enjoyed our time there.
Bronte cafes and places to eat
Once you have had a good time at the baths why not stuff your face? We can recommend the following, all located on Bronte Road which is right next to the main bus stop:
Bronte Fish, Chips & Burgers: The trip to the beach isn’t complete without having some fish and chips. We have been a few times here and the meal is always delicious.
Café Salina: We went here for a slice of cake the size of our heads and it went down a treat. They also have good options for brunch.
Jenny’s Café: Always busy with happy customers. The food looks great and the vibe looks good.
Bronte Beach accommodation
Airbnb can be a lot cheaper than booking from other places depending if you want to rent a room or even an entire apartment for yourself.
Staying in and around Bronte is a great choice and there is an abundance of things to do.
We used Airbnb on our travels around the East Coast of Australia and saved a TON of money.
Check out the BEST Airbnb stays around Bronte Beach.
Alternatively, check out these stays if Airbnb isn’t your thing:
Luxury: Shangri-La Hotel boasts epic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
Mid-range: The Jensen Potts Point is perfect for couples and quite central in Sydney.
Backpacker: Wake Up! Bondi Beach is great for backpackers who want to save on costs and meet fellow travellers. It is also on the famous Bondi Beach, a perfect location and next door to Bronte.
The pool is open 24hrs and is only closed on cleaning days.
The baths get cleaned on a set schedule. You can view the cleaning schedule on the Waverley Council website.
Bronte Baths are completely free and does not require any payment.