Creating a world-class river

There’s a global movement to make city rivers the centres of life they once were.

Now it’s Sydney’s turn.



Harbour Bath offers an urban harbour landscape with dry-docks, piers, boat ramps, cliffs, playgrounds and pontoons, making it possible for the citizens of Copenhagen to go for a swim in the middle of the city.



An out of the ordinary swimming pool called The Badeschiff was created from recycled cargo containers and is floating on the River Spree in Berlin.



Thames Baths is a proposal for a floating swimming pool in the River Thames that incorporates the tidal waters of the river, which will be clean enough to bathe in after the arrival of London’s new sewage tunnel.


New York

+ POOL is an initiative to build the world’s first water-filtering, floating pool. The design filters the very river that it floats in through the walls of the pool, making it possible for New Yorkers to swim in clean river water for the first time in 100 years.


In 2014 we launched a vision

That the millions of people who live and work within 20 minutes of the Parramatta River would be able to swim in it again.

Our goal is to make it happen by 2025. And it’s going swimmingly.

Four sites are already open. The most recent is Lake Parramatta, which opened in 2015 as part of our initiative.

Twelve new sites have been scoped, with investigations on water quality, swim safety, ecological health and community interest in progress.

14 organisations have led the cause, supported by local communities and many other partners.

And now, we have a ten-step Masterplan, which will help make our vision a reality.