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Ian Thorpe Aquatic and Fitness Centre

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Published October 11th 2011
I always walked past the big glass walls on Harris Street thinking how great that marvellous stretch of white and blue swimming pool was.

Finally finding the time to catch a swim after university classes, I headed down to the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre to find exactly what I had been looking for. A great location (just past the Powerhouse Museum on the quieter side of the city), a great view of the city, and most important of all, a state-of-the-art clean and spotless 50 metre swimming pool.

This facility is definitely a great addition to the City of Sydney. Also providing a sauna, leisure pool, gym, friendly locals and a sunbathing area at an affordable price, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre is one place where you can count on judging a book by its glossy and stylish cover. And I couldn't help but admire the striking curves and starch white surfaces of the building's architectural design.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre
Outside View


After a quick dip in the pool, I settled down to a small serve of hot chips overlooking a great view of high rise Sydney. Fresh, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with just enough salt, they were great value for a relaxing wind down snack.

And I've been coming back ever since.

Rating: Four and a half swimming caps out of five.
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Why? For a relaxing swim in the city
When: 6am-9pm Weekdays, 6am-8pm Weekends/Public Holidays
Where: 458 Harris St Ultimo NSW 2007
Cost: $6.40 for Adults; $4.80 for Concession - Casual Pool Entry
Comments
Sounds like it would be a great place to go to. Hopefully I can find the time to get down there one day. Thanks for the review.
By Alexander Lewandowski - senior reviewer
Saturday, 15th of October @ 03:17 am
I concur. A beautiful pool in a beautiful, architectural building. Definitely worth a visit.
By aimee - reader
Tuesday, 18th of October @ 03:00 am
Does this building provide parking? If so how much?
By elle_ - reader
Wednesday, 19th of October @ 02:01 am
It is a great pool and very stylish - with good kiddies area and learning pool as well. However as with a lot of Harry Seidler buildings certain things just dont work i.e most of the clothes hooks have fallen off the wall, the lift is always broke, the family change rooms have no clothes hooks at all and one chair to put all your kiddies stuff on. So yeh great pool and I go here a lot but could be so much better

It does have parking underneath and on street
By matth - reader
Wednesday, 19th of October @ 03:46 am
Dear Matth, the clothes hooks falling off, lift being broken, etc etc have nothing to do with Harry Seidler. It is pool maintenance which is the responsibility of Sydney city council..Harry Seidler wether you love him or hate him is a master architect and I dont think it is fair for you to say what you have about him or his building!
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 19th of October @ 04:48 am
I find that the entire place is over-priced. Although it is quite a nice building with a relaxing atmosphere, a sense of sterility and unwelcomingness pervades. It feels as though this building is a spaceship without human habitation in mind.

The outdoor areas seem like an afterthought and are not really looked after.

The food is sub par and expensive. If you stop by the cafe out the front you will get a much nicer and more well-priced feed.
By Stuart McKellar - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 19th of October @ 08:37 am
I have to agree with Stuart. We did not feel welcome at all, in fact we were made almost to feel like we were intruding.
Perhaps we will give it another try sometime, but we are not in a hurry to go back.
By Karen - senior reviewer
Thursday, 20th of October @ 08:16 pm
I was part of the local community that agitated for 10 years for this facility to be built - and joined as a foundation member for the first two years.

I love the Seidler wave design and the mezzanine balcony and sunbathing lounges with the great city view. I love the sauna, streamroom and spa, but not the price.

As with most gyms, the automatic deduction cost ends up being not worth it for most people unless you're an exercise addict.

I've not been back since - but still think it an architectural gem - on opening, I saw a French girl taking photos of it - she said it was 'verry beauutiful' - I agree !
By ultim - reader
Thursday, 21st of February @ 05:52 pm
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