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View the concept plan below

Clontarf Tidal Pool is the most heavily used tidal enclosure in the Northern Beaches LGA. Popular with Sydney locals and tourists alike, the pool has widespread appeal and excellent accessibility, with adjacent facilities including a large carpark, café, restaurant and playground.

Built in the 1940s, the current structure is at the end of its life and needs to be completely re-built. This represents an opportunity to improve and future proof a popular Council asset.

Council has received grant funding under the NSW State Government Public Spaces Legacy Program for the improved connectivity, inclusivity and accessibility to recreational spaces and activities. The grant recognises the pool as a valuable outdoor space which has many benefits for the community.

Features of the proposed design include:

  • Pool enlargement (see the concept plan below) to improve user experience on busy days, cater for population growth and align with other elements in the park Masterplan, including the newly built sandstone bleachers and showers.
  • Increase in width of 3m into the harbour to provide lap swimming in deeper water on lower tides and to reduce the need for costly dredging operations.
  • Increase in length to 64m, providing more protected wading area and shoreline to cater for heavy use periods and future increase in usage.
  • Pool enclosure finishes a minimum 3m from the existing seawall to allow beach rake access into the pool and adjacent beach for cleaning, and also maintains pedestrian access along the beach.
  • Materials and design will be similar to recently constructed pools that have received universal community acclaim.
  • Materials used for construction will provide long-term durability for the sub-structure and maintain the heritage aesthetic of the pool, including timber walers around the pool circumference, the use of HDPE sleeved steel piles and high strength shark netting. The use of more durable materials will result in less maintenance and therefore create less disturbance to the marine environment in the longer term.

View the concept plan and have your say by:

  • completing the comment form below
  • emailing council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to us marked 'Clontarf Tidal Pool’ to Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.

Comments close on Wednesday 31 August 2022.

Concept plan

Come and chat to us

We are holding two onsite drop-in sessions so the community can come and talk to us about the concept design plans for the pool upgrade. We'll be set up on the grass in front of the pool on Wednesday 10 August at 10.30am and Saturday 13 August at 10.30am. Come and have a look at the plans and talk to our team about your thoughts on the concept design. Everyone is welcome.

Weekday drop-in session - onsite at Clontarf Tidal Pool

Wednesday 10 August between 10.30am and 11.30am

Weekend drop-in session - onsite at Clontarf Tidal Pool

Saturday 13 August 2022 between 10.30am and 11.30am

Features of the proposal

Clontarf Tidal Pool will look similar to the upgraded tidal pool at Little Manly

Comment form

Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Northern Beaches Council

Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Northern Beaches Council

Contact us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Matthew Holt - Senior Engineer, Asset Projects
Phone 1300 434 434
Email Council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au