A few summers ago, as I was scrolling through my news feed, I saw a friend had just visited an awesome place called Greenwich Baths. Naturally I had to go check it out myself. And what a picturesque and fun swimming spot it is! All without having to drive a long way to a beach. It takes us only 35mins from Rydalmere. Needless to say, we’ve been going regularly every summer since!
Greenwich baths is a great way to experience the beach in a safe environment. There’s a shark proof net and child proof gating. Plus toys are provided on the beach for building sandcastles and playing – the tubs of toys are behind the beach lounge chairs, underneath the first building.
There is a small entry fee, but children under 3 are free of charge. And the cost is no more then you would spend in parking at some other nearby swimming spots. Plus, the upside of the entry fee is that Greenwich Baths are staffed, gated, there are warm showers and a kiosk. Plus, there are beach toys supplied!
The beach is great for little ones to play on the sand or have a splash in the water. Depending on the tide though, it can get deep quickly. Being a short beach, you are always close to the water so if you have more than one little one (who isn’t water aware), it is be best to have another set of adult eyes and hands with you. If you are lucky, you may just score yourself one of the relaxing beach beach lounge chairs!
There is a good amount of shade on one third to a half of the beach depending on the time of day, thanks to a large tree.
A word of warning…walking down to the Baths from the street can be difficult with a pram. We found it easier coming from the Sailing Club. Also keep in mind that this is a small, popular beach so can get very crowded on weekends and during school holidays. Plus, we recommend you check the tide before heading down as at a big high tide the water can be all the way up to the beach lounge chairs, which doesn’t leave much beach to play on.
- Casual Entry: Adults $4.40, Concession / Child (<16y) / Student $3.40. Note: kids under 3yrs are FREE.
- 10 Visit pass: Adult $40, Concession / Child (<16y) / Student $31
- Season Pass: Family $453, Adult $230, Concession / Child (<16y) / Student $116
Greenwich Baths are only open 6 months of the year, from October to April.
- October: 7am-6pm
- November: 7am-7pm
- December: 7am-8pm
- January: 7am-8pm
- February: 7am-7pm
- March: 7am-6pm
- April: 7am-5pm
Getting to Greenwich Baths
The Baths are on Albert Street in Greenwich. There is free parking on the surrounding residential streets. Or the Sailing Club has a car park just a short walk away. Parking can be tricky depending when you go and how many other people have decided to visit the Baths that day.
The Baths are also accessible as a walk from Wollstonecraft train station, by the 265 bus or by taking the Sydney Ferries Woolwich/Balmain ferry route to Greenwich Point which docks metres away from the Baths.