Now you can swim in Sydney HARBOUR: New ‘beach’ opens in the centre of Australia’s biggest city
- Crowds flocking to new swimming spot at Marrinawi Cove in Sydney Harbour
- First new public swimming spot west of Sydney Harbour Bridge in 50 years
- Government wants to unveil more swimming spots on world famous waterway
Sydney CBD workers can now cool off with a refreshing lunchtime dip in one of Australia’s most iconic waterways – the city’s famous Harbour.
Residents flocked to their newest ‘beach’, which was opened to the public at Marrinawi Cove, at the northern end of Barangaroo Reserve, on Monday.
It is the first new harbour swimming spot to open west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in more than half a century.
Swimmers have flocked to a new Sydney Harbour swimming spot in the heart of the CBD
Located at the northern end of Barangaroo, Marrinawi Cove is Sydney’s first new harbour swimming spot to open west of the Harbour Bridge in more than 50 years
Formerly used by its traditional Gadigal custodians for fishing, canoeing and swimming for thousands of years, the NSW government hopes enclosed pool will the first of many new public swimming spots to come.
‘Our city stopped building ocean and harbour pools more than half a century ago – it’s past time to provide more great, safe public places to swim,’ minister Rob Stokes said.
‘Being able to swim at Marranawi Cove is only possible because we have invested in cleaning up our harbour from industrial wastelands to aquatic playgrounds.’
Sydney MP Alex Greenwich added: ‘This is a major win for the community who have advocated for the ban on swimming to be lifted.’
The new beach boasts spectacular views of the city.
Netting, signage and a new shower were installed so all swimmers can safely enjoy the facility.
The city’s latest swimming attraction has sparked a divided community response.
‘How awesome. I would have loved to have a lunchtime swim when I worked in the city,’ one Sydneysider commented.
Another added: ‘Looks like an extra place to swim which is great, as long as it has shark nets. I wouldn’t call it a beach though, as it doesn’t have sand. Is there a toilet block close?
Hundreds of CBD workers are expected to spend their daily lunch break at the new swimming spot on Sydney Harbour
While some Sydneysiders were keen to be among the first test the waters, others opted to enjoy the views from the rocky foreshore
Others remain unconvinced, including concerns about pollution.
‘Sydney needs less overdevelopment and more green spaces. Focus on that please.’
The NSW government will review patronage levels at the end of summer.
If successful, the swimming enclosure could be boosted with better facilities such as decking and ladders to enter the pool next summer.
The government also plans to explore more ways to increase public access to the harbour for swimming and water sports at other Barangaroo spots, along with Blackwattle Bay and Bays West.
Swimmers at Marrinawi Cove will enjoy great views of the city and the Sydney Harbour Bridge