I love suburban public swimming pools. To me this is a "real pool" - the sort I learned to swim in, the sort I spent my summers in as a kid. Though nowadays they are often heated, and, like Bexley, open year round.
The outdoor Olympic pool is really iconic Australian. Every country town, many suburbs and city areas have such pools. Sydney City Council has six Olympic pools - some indoor - like Cook + Philip Park and the new Ian Thorpe pool - currently under construction, many outdoor - Victoria Park, Prince Alfred park, Andrew Boy Charlton.
Bexley's merits include: refurbished change rooms that are sparkling clean, and include warm showers, a Family Change room, so parents and kids of both genders can change together, grassy areas for relaxing, shady areas, beautiful clean water, excellent opening hours [ Mon - Fri 5.30 am - 8.30 pm Oct to April, 6o..am - 7.30 pm the rest of the year; Sunday and public holidays 9am- 7pm. Only closed Christmas Day and Good Friday].
As well as the Olympic pool, there’s a toddlers’ wading pool (fully fenced separately) and a medium pool for lessons and younger kids and their parents.
As well, there is plentiful, free parking and a nice bush-like setting, shop for all your junk food needs, and, at an extra charge a spa, steam room and gym.
All that, and it’s extremely well managed, with good supervision and no tolerance of bad behaviour (which doesn’t mean kids can’t have FUN!)
Entrance $ 4.50 adults / $ 3.50 kids and concessions.
More: Swimmers Guide