The Murray Rose Pool (formerly known as Redleaf Pool) is one of Sydney's little gems, a harbourside enclosure perfect for a little paddle for the children, swimming laps for your daily exercise, and just enjoying some beach time with friends.
The Murray Rose Pool is a harbour beach, enclosed to protect the swimmers in the waters within. Above the enclosure is a wooden walkway that allows to you stroll around the enclosure, or perhaps dive off the wharf into the water below.
The best thing about the Murray Rose Pool are the two floating pontoons. These are great little oases in the middle of the enclosed area that you can swim out to. Laying on the pontoons, you can enjoy the sunshine and be soothed by the gentle rocking caused by the ripples in the water.
There are also change room facilities, a freshwater shower to wash off the saltwater after a swim, and toilets available for public use.
Getting to Murray Rose Pool
The Murray Rose Pool is located at the site of the Woollahra Council Chambers on New South Head Road, Double Bay.
Unfortunately, there isn't any suitable public parking that is convenient to the Murray Rose Pool. You can park in the public parking area at the top of the stairs that lead down to the pool, however this area is restricted parking, limited to only 30 mins - much too short for a decent visit to the pool.
The pool is at the base of a fairly steep staircase and as such, is not suitable for people who may have limited mobility.
Dogs are prohibited from the Murray Rose Pool area. Fishing is also prohibited.
Bear in mind that the area is not patrolled by lifeguards, so always use extra precaution when swimming. Be cautious when diving as the water can be shallow, particularly during low-tide.
As with all harbour beaches, the Department of Environment and Conservation recommends that you avoid swimming during any heavy rain, and also for at least three days after any heavy rain, due to the possibility of pollution from stormwater drains.