The sun is here at last! Now’s the time to make a splash in Wollongong’s spectacular pools and beaches.
Our city is home to 17 patrolled beaches, 9 ocean rock pools, 6 freshwater pools and 3 saltwater pools. That’s 35 different places to go for a swim this summer!
Swim for fitness and fun
Whether you’re a beginner or a regular, we’ve got a pool to suit you. Choose from nine heated, chlorinated freshwater or saltwater pools. Swim laps, join a Learn to Swim class, or cool off with the kids at one of our patrolled pools.
A+ beaches and iconic rock pools
Wollongong is known for some of the best and cleanest beaches on the South Coast. With Wollongong receiving an A+ from the NSW Government for our beaches this year, it’s no wonder that locals and visitors alike flock to our sandy shores as soon as summer arrives.
With 17 patrolled beaches and nine rock pools on offer, why not try somewhere new each week and find your own little slice of sandy heaven, away from the crowds.
Safety comes first this summer. Please do the right thing and take care of one another.
Children near a pool or beach should always be supervised by a responsible adult. That means making sure you keep eye contact or hand contact at all times.
No Flags = No Swim
This is the most important rule to know when you head to the beach. Red and yellow flags tell you that lifeguards or lifesavers are on duty. If you can’t see these flags, don’t go in the water – even at beaches that are usually patrolled. Remember, any unpatrolled beach is a dangerous beach. If you need help or advice, talk to a Lifeguard on duty at our beaches and freshwater pools.
Safe pool fences save lives
If you own a pool or spa that can hold water and is 30cm deep or more, there are important laws you must follow to protect people in and around the pool. You can help prevent accidental drowning by checking that your backyard pool is securely fenced, and meets standards. Be sure to keep the gate closed at all times.
The pawfect summer
Our beaches are for everyone to enjoy, including our four-legged family members. If your dog likes to cool off at the beach too, plan ahead with our map of dog-friendly beaches and parks PDF, 683.35 KB.
We have rules in place for dog owners to protect environmentally sensitive areas (like rock platforms), keep dogs and beach visitors safe, and to prevent our lifeguards from getting distracted from their number one priority – supervising swimmers.
Check the signs at each beach or park to avoid a fine.
- Green zones: Off-leash dogs are allowed at any time. Please keep your dog on a leash until you reach the green zone.
- Orange zones: Dogs are only allowed during specific times, and must stay on a leash. In summer, dogs may visit orange zones before 9am and after 6pm.
- Red zones: No dogs allowed at any time.
Getting here and around
Our beautiful beaches and pools will be busy during the holiday period. Here are our top tips for a fuss-free swim this summer.
- Make the most of public transport, including the Free Gong Shuttle loop, and train stations near popular beaches.
- Leave the car at home and cycle to the beach. Wollongong has over 200km of shared paths and cycleways, including scenic rides along the coastline.
- Park with care. If you're driving, stick to designated parking spots and check signs. Don't park on footpaths, grassed areas or median strips - it's not safe, and you could receive a fine.
- Explore further afield and check out some of our lesser known (but equally beautiful) beaches and pools.
- Keep an eye on the LiveTraffic website to avoid traffic congestion.
- Stop at a local café! Wollongong is known for our hospitality and world-class food and coffee. Turn your trip to the beach or pool into a complete day out with a drink or a bite to eat from a local business.