Australia is home to some pretty amazing swimming pools; from rooftop urban oases to infinity pools in the middle of the Outback, here are six so good you won’t want to leave the hotel.
The Chen, Melbourne
Evening cocktails overlooking the city at The Chen
Built atop Box Hill in the suburbs of Melbourne, The Chen’s rooftop infinity pool boasts a truly sublime view of the cluster of skyscrapers that make up the city’s CBD. Yet it doesn’t feel like it’s in Melbourne, as much as a tropical hideaway in Fiji or Bali, perhaps. The space is enclosed with glass walls so as not to obscure any of the 360-degree vista. And the natural, grey slate, concrete and wood aesthetic, dotted with crisp white loungers, makes a sleek setting for an evening cocktail at the outdoor bar.
Crown Metropol, Melbourne
The minimalist decor of this rooftop, infinity pool makes it one of the most serene spaces in Melbourne
For a swim with a view, head to the Crown Metropol in Melbourne. The hotel has an incredibly striking indoor, infinity swimming pool, that looks out onto the Yarra River and the Dandenong Hills in the distance, with enormous floor-to-ceiling windows. The combination of white columns, linear patterns made by the light streaming in, and minimalist decor combine to make this one of the most serene spaces in Melbourne.
MONA Pavilions, Hobart
Gaze out at the snaking, silver gum tree-lined Derwent River from the MONA Pavilions pool
At the adjoining hotel to Hobart’s celebrated MONA gallery, you’ll find one of Australia’s most eye-catching swimming pools. MONA Pavilions overlooks the snaking, silver gum tree-lined Derwent River, and the infinity pool’s sloping floor-to-ceiling windows make you feel like you’re immersed in wild, Tasmanian forest.
Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast
Expect unbridled glamour at Australia's first fashion-branded hotel
With such a suggestively-glitzy name, it’s no surprise that the Gold Coast’s Palazzo Versace has a fittingly glamorous swimming pool for guests the likes of Snoop Dogg and Pamela Anderson. Australia’s first fashion-branded hotel, the Palazzo maintains the level of glamour that the eponymous fashion house has become known for; think private poolside cabanas, urns on plinths, fountains, towering palm trees, a sandy pool ‘beach’, and optional pampering treatments by the 63-metre pool.
Bamurru Plains, Kakadu National Park
Watch buffalo and dingoes graze in the Outback from this remote infinity pool
The infinity swimming pool is the icing on the cake at this remote, boutique eco-glamping resort. Set just outside Kakadu National Park facing the Mary River floodplains, you’ll be able to see wildlife like buffalo and dingoes as you take a dip to cool down from the powerful Outback sun. Rest on the pool’s edge while gazing out at the landscape as the sun sets, before relaxing and reading a book under the shade of the poolside pavilion.
The Old Clare Hotel, Sydney
Enjoy sunrise yoga sessions, film screenings and live music by the pool of The Old Clare Hotel
This slim, sparkling, teal-coloured infinity pool contrasts with the warm hues of the wooden, Scandi-esque decking to make a beautiful little sun trap. You’ll find it on the rooftop of Sydney's The Old Clare Hotel, alongside an al fresco bar and plenty of sun loungers for long, lazy sunny days. Open to the public on weekends, the pool area also hosts sunrise yoga sessions, film screenings and live music.