I visited Murray Rose Pool (previously known as Redleaf Pool) with friends one warm evening a few weeks ago. A harbourside tidal enclosure with two floating pontoons, an encircling boardwalk, and a strip of beach - this place is truly a spectacular find.
Located in Double Bay, Murray Rose Pool is relatively little known. However, finding parking on summer days is still exceedingly difficult as it is so close to the city. Luckily for my friends and I, we visited in the evening, and as a result found parking quite easily.
The evening was a memorable one. After taking the many stairs from New South Head Road down to the beach, we found ourselves faced with idyllic views of Sydney harbour. We quickly set about exploring the area. The first thing we saw was a small sting ray flitting across the sand in the shallow waters. Somehow it had managed to get past the safety net surrounding the area. We saw it again several times during our visit and though it became familiar to us, we took care to stay out of its way.
Once done with exploring, we set down our picnic materials and quickly changed into our swim suits. Bathrooms, change rooms and showers are available at Murray Rose Pool, and they can be found above a set of stairs.
Murray Rose Pool is perfect for swimming and paddling. The waters are relatively still, and the net surrounding the area makes it quite safe for swimmers. Despite the waters being still, care should still be taken in the deeper waters. And as always, a close eye must be kept on children. There are no life saving services at Murray Rose Pool. Please also note that it is recommended that visitors to Murray Rose Pool do not swim for at least three days after heavy rain due to the possibility of pollution from storm water drains.
The boardwalk surrounding the 90m x 60m swimming area is also worthy of a stroll. Not only are the views stupendous; the far side provides an excellent point for leaping into the deeper water. This is exactly what my friends and I did, and the experience was thrilling. We then swam up to the pontoons and climbed them in order to enjoy the sensation of floating upon the still harbour waters. This was one of my favourite parts of the night.
As it became darker, the city began to light up. After drying off and enjoying a twilight picnic on the beach, we opened a packet of sparklers and experimented with drawing different shapes before the breathtaking backdrop of the city lights.
Although I experienced Murray Rose Pool from sunset to evening; the beach is certainly worth a visit during the day as well. Behind the beach is a lawn with trees which will provide some shade on sunny days. Murray Rose Pool is appropriate for all ages and well worth a visit.
Where: 536 New South Head Road Double Bay NSW.
Why: For a leisurely swim, enjoyment of the beach, or for a sparkler/glow stick fun.
When: This beach is open at any time, but I recommend visiting in the evening to avoid parking difficulties.
Good for kids: Yes
There are no lifeguards. Please take care to ensure that children do not leap into shallow waters. Please also take care in deeper waters.