OMG! I’m not one for keeping a great place for families to myself. But I can see why Northbridge Baths is kept a secret by many! It’s a real hidden Sydney gem and you now know where you’ll most likely find me on hot day. Thank you to Hello Sydney Kids for letting us know about this great spot!
What’s to Love About Northbridge Baths
Here are the reasons why I fell in love with Northbridge Baths and we keep going back as a family:
- It’s set amongst bushland and has a very tranquil feel about it.
- The tidal bath is netted and calm, with a large shallow area for little ones to dig and splash in as well as swimming lanes, a boardwalk around the baths and a pontoon great for diving and jumping off. And the water has always been very clear when we’ve visited.
- Northbridge Baths is free to use and has about 50 free (4hr) parking spaces.
- There’s a beach at low tide for the kids to build sand castles on.
- There is some shade from trees and shade sails on the grassed area.
- You can see lots of small and larger fish swimming around. So bring snorkels!
- There is a large amenities block and dual bbq next to it.
- It takes us 30-40mins to get there and we don’t have to travel down Military Road. Plus, we can drive there without tolls. The baths are a close 2nd place in terms of nearest harbour swimming spot to the City of Parramatta. Greenwich Baths is the closest – but there is an entry fee. (Read our Closest Beaches to Parramatta article for 14 other options).
- We don’t have to sit on top of another family as there is plenty of grass to spread out, plus it doesn’t get crazy busy like some other Sydney Harbour swimming spots.
My only wish would be that the kiosk was open on days other than Saturday morning during the Northbridge Amateur Swimming Club racing. But you can have a BBQ lunch.
Things to Keep in Mind
- The carpark is up a hill about 50 metres away from the baths. Our kids (from age 2yrs) manage walking down and up the few stairs near the carpark and sloped pavement. And it would be doable with a pram, but you will get puffed on the way back up.
- If you have little ones, it is better visiting outside of high tide so there is a ‘beach’ for them to play on. We still had fun at any tide and it changes very quickly. You can check tides here.
- If going at a low tide, remember to bring some sand toys.
- It is also worth bringing a beach umbrella (if you can manage carrying it) as it is good to put it on the sand to give the kids some shade while they play. Or you could use it on the grassed area if you miss out on a shady spot.
- Bring food as the kiosk is only open on Saturday mornings.
- When we first starting going a few years ago there were a few bindis in the grass but we haven’t noticed any lately and the grass is looking lovely.
- This is an unpatrolled swimming spot. There are no lifeguards on duty.
- Swimming is not recommended during rain and up to 48hrs after heavy rain has stopped. You can check water quality here.
- There is a boat hire place, Eco Boat Hire, next to the baths.
- If Northbridge isn’t your cup of tea, check out Greenwich baths. It has a more traditional beach feel.
Finding Northbridge Baths
The baths are east of Chatswood and to the west of Spit Bridge.
As you come down the steep Widgiewa Road, the carpark is on your right hand side.
To get to Northbridge Baths from the carpark, you walk down some stairs near the carpark entrance/ exit that take you back onto Widgiewa Road and then follow that down to the bottom. If you have a pram, just go back onto Widgiewa Road and turn right down the hill.