The Gs had a beautiful swim at the Andrew ( Boy ) Charlton Aquatic Centre today.
We debated whether or not it fitted into our blog as it definitely isn’t an ocean pool but it is on Sydney Harbour. After coffee with a fellow swimmer who informed us that the water was siphoned from the harbour and then chemically treated we thought we could sneak it in.
It is seriously a beautiful pool with a spectacular aspect and a long history. It has recently been refurbished for the 2011-2012 season. Let’s starts from the beginning- the Gs were delighted with the sights leading up to the pool through the Domain and taking in the Art Gallery of NSW, the Botanical Gardens, Lady Macquaries Chair to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Today parking was easy but expensive.
Entrance to the pool is $6.00 for adults and $4.50 for students and concession holders. As you walk into the pool are you are treated with a view over Woolloomooloo and a massive navy ship so close you felt like you could touch it.
There is a lift or stairs then down to the pool level where the lockers and bathrooms are also located. There are 2 pools. The main pool is 8 lanes and 50m for serious swimmers and a there is a smaller shaded pool for toddlers. Last week Mrs G came with the G children and grand children and had a fantastic time frolicking in the toddler pool and basking on the surrounding sun lounges. The water is heated to a warm 25c. In true G form we could say it was a little bit salty! Seriously we would recommend bringing a bottle of water to have the end of your lane if you are doing the laps.
Mrs G enjoyed doing laps on the kick board so she could inconspicuously view the eye candy. Were they navy men on R & R or just hot inner city living young men? We caught one young man in a white budgee smuggler adjusting his package and another in a spectacular sky blue one lapping up the sun. There were a few female tourists too- who knew you could bralk in German?
After our swim it was time to check out the bathroom. We walked in and we were pleased with the space and design. Blow dryers for the hair, private showers and hot water but oh no are you serious the water turned off we are sure after only 30secs! This was the only negative criticism on this place as there was really not enough time to shampoo let alone condition and rinse.
Finally we checked out the coffee. It was a great cafe with what looked like a really yummy and extensive brekkie and lunch menu but as we arrived after 3pm we could only order drinks. It was pretty hot so iced coffees were the go and we could definitely vouch for them. Thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
All in all a great spot!!