Everything you need to know about Bondi Icebergs

Bondi Icebergs is an Australian icon. You’ve seen the photos but here’s what you may not know.

  1. Bondi Icebergs is made up of 2 pools - a 50m pool and a kids pool.

  2. The pool is open to the public. That means you can visit when you go to Bondi.

  3. The pool is closed on Thursday when it is emptied, scrubbed, and refilled. In the heat of summer the staff sometimes work double time and reopen the pool by late morning.

  4. There is a cafe on the pool deck, The Crabbe Hole. You don’t need to pay entry to the pool if you are just going to the cafe. But don’t be a dick and try to sneak into the pool by claiming you’re going to the cafe. The staff ensure everyone knows if they catch you.

  5. Icebergs is a world-class restaurant perched high above the pool. It is the best place for dinner for visitors to Sydney - a must do.

  6. Below the restaurant is the Bondi Icebergs Club. A cheap and cheerful restaurant and bar with a million dollar view.

  7. The Icebergs pool has a sauna, physio, and gym located on the pool deck.

  8. There is a terrace that opens in summer that sits next to the restaurant. It’s a great spot for beers.

  9. Kids swim lessons are held at the pool - where else would you want to learn to swim!

  10. Icebergs is the most photographed pool in the world.

  11. The pool is sometimes used as a canvas for photographers and advertisers. Decals are laid on the bottom of the pool before it’s refilled. Sometimes it looks great, sometimes not so much (yes we are looking at you dishwashing detergent brand)

  12. To ‘become an Iceberg’ you need to compete in swims 3 out of 4 Sundays for 5 years. between May and September. If you fail to attend 3 out of the 4 in any given month you have to handwrite a letter to ask to be excused.

  13. Icebergs was created in 1929. Lifeguards wanted somewhere to keep their fitness up in winter months.

  14. Icebergs isn’t the only ocean pool in Bondi. There is a small paddle pool for kids at the northern end of the beach. Sadly it doesn’t compare…

  15. The cost of entry to the Icebergs pool is $8. It increases every year!

  16. Yoga by the sea is held at Icebergs. Talk about zen.

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