Dawn Fraser Baths upgrade

Dawn Fraser Baths re-opens via booking
Wednesday 8 September

We are pleased to announce that the Dawn Fraser Baths will reopen to the public for exercise purposes only from Wednesday, 8 September 2021.

Bookings are essential and available in one hour window periods.

Find out more about making a booking 


The Dawn Fraser Baths is home to the oldest water polo and swimming club in Australia and the Baths is listed as a nationally significant heritage item. Inner West Council is proud to stand as the custodian of this much-loved community asset and is fully committed to the Baths' progressive conservation. 

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Council will undertake additional improvements at the recently upgraded baths in 2022-2024.

Proposed works include:

  • refurbishment of the northern pavilion
  • planning for long term access improvements to the baths’ entry from the surrounding streets and Elkington Park


  • Northern Pavilion temporary repairs completed
  • Design services tender under evaluation - finalisation expected November 2023
  • DA expected to be lodged February 2024
  • Contractor procurement finalised March 2025
  • Construction works to commence April 2025


Budget: $2m

Completion Date: September 2025

Contact: David Di Biase on (02) 9392 5946 or david.di.biase@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Progress Photos

Dawn Fraser - Boardwalk

Dawn Fraser - Boardwalk entry



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2020-2021 Project details

The works included:

  • Raising boardwalks and ground floor levels of the Entry Building and Southern Pavilion
  • Demolition and reconstruction of the Southern Pavilion at the new raised ground level
  • Retention, alteration and repair of the Entry Building to the Southern Pavilion
  • Installation of new solar panels to the Northern Pavilion and four water polo lights
  • Installation of fire sprinkler system and emergency upgrades
  • Associated alterations to the perimeter paths, seawalls and eastern perimeter entry

Council is spending approximately $6 million and also successfully obtained a $2.2 million grant from the NSW Government and a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Government to fund the heritage upgrade.

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