The grande dame of the Sydney ocean pool world, Bondi Icebergs is the most famous pool in Australia and the star of countless social media posts. In the early 1800s people swam in this spot in a natural rock pool that was then replaced by the original Bondi Baths in the late 1800s. After various upgrades over the years, today’s visitors can dive into the 50-metre adults pool or slip into the shallower 25-metre children’s pool between looking out at those unforgettable Bondi Beach views.
Since 1929 the pool has been home to the Bondi Icebergs, the only licensed Winter Swimming Club in the world. In 1985 the junior winter swimming club, the Bondi Icecubes, was formed for the sons of the Icebergs to enjoy. Then in 1995 the once all boys club finally allowed female members and their daughters to join them in the pool.
As strange as it may seem today, in the late 1990s the future of the Bondi Icebergs was in doubt until John Singleton and Andrew Griffith hatched a $10 million plan to redevelop the club. The project saved the heritage aspects of the site while adding the restaurant, change rooms, gymnasium and sauna that we have today.
Extract from the book Rock Pools of Sydney. Click here to purchase.