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Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools

The beauty of apartment living is undoubtedly in its convenience and shared amenities – you can enjoy resort-style facilities year round, without having to get on a single plane. According to the 2016 Census, in just 25 years the number of occupied apartments in Australia has risen by 78%, which has also seen an increase in demand for a greater offering of luxury amenities.

With Australian summers reaching temperatures in the high 40s, a residents-only pool where you can take a refreshing swim or sip a margarita in a pool-side lounger seems like an appealing option... which raises the question, would you give up your backyard for an infinity pool? 

Urban.com.au have rounded up twelve of Australia's favourite new apartment pools on the market right now.

#1 CHEVRON ONE, SURFERS PARADISE, QLD

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
The indoor pool at Chevron One. Credit: Chevron One
Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
The outdoor pool. Credit: Chevron One

Current status: Under construction

The $230 million apartment development features a 1200 sqm ‘residents only’ club which includes a concierge service, gymnasium, residents’ lounge, as well as indoor and outdoor pools. The indoor lap pool features floor to ceiling windows showcasing the spectacular urban landscape, while the outdoor pool is nestled within a tropical forest of palm trees, timber decking and even a dive-in movie projector.

#2 THE FOUNDRY, LIVERPOOL, NSW

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
The Foundry's luxury outdoor pool. Credit: The Foundry

Current status: Registration and sales

As one of The Paper Mill precinct’s stand-out luxury apartments, The Foundry impresses buyers with its incredible rooftop infinity pool. The 20m lap pool and lounge area boast a 360° cityscape backdrop with mature greenery, multiple scattered ambient lanterns, fairy lights, bronze planter boxes as well as natural wood and concrete outdoor furnishings. 

#3 YARRA ONE, SOUTH YARRA, VIC

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
Luxury spa baths at Yarra ONE. Credit: Fender Katsalidis Architects

Current status: Under construction

Crafted by the iconic Fender Katsalidis Architects, Yarra One brings luxurious amenity to South Yarra's Forrest Hill precinct. Lavish round spa baths line the courtyard area and offer the perfect opportunity to relax under the stars within a private and tranquil garden.

#4 HAWTHORN PARK, VIC

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
Hawthorn Park's pool at sunset. Credit: Hawthorn Park
Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
Residents can swim between the two buildings via a connecting bridge. Credit: Hawthorn Park

Current status: Under construction

Hawthorn Park’s epic ‘Sky Pool’ links two adjacent towers with an exposed floating lap pool designed by Rothelowman. The sleek design is supported by a heavy-set structural casing which is surrounded with frameless glass creating an incredible 360° swimming experience.

#5 THE COTERIE, FORTITUDE VALLEY, QLD

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
The Coterie's minimalist infinity pool. Credit: The Coterie
Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
The rooftop features meticulous landscaping and spaces for residents to relax. Credit: The Coterie

Current status: Under construction

A recessed lap pool lines the roof of each tower, set within fine timber decking and ambient lighting. Next to the pool is a lush pagoda, featuring native greenery, vines and planter boxes. Frameless glass surrounds the rooftop, providing impressive views of the CBD and beyond.

#6 PARKRIDGE, NOOSA, QLD

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
Palm trees surround Parkridge's stunning heated pool. Credit: Parkridge
Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
Many Parkridge apartments offer pool views. Credit: Parkridge

Current status: Under construction

Parkridge Noosa is a multi-use development designed by Sparks Architects, featuring 24 apartment blocks in a resort-style complex. Residents are invited to access The Parkridge Social Club where they can book private event spaces, use BBQs and dining areas and enjoy the lavish heated pool, complete with sun loungers and tropical greenery.

#7 CHARLIE PARKER, HARRIS PARK, NSW

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
Charlie Parker's pool area displays 1920s opulence. Credit: Charlie Parker

Current status: Registration and sales

The Charlie Parker building was designed by FJMT, who drew inspiration from art deco elements to create a unique new apartment tower. The open-air lap pool is shaded by a curved wooden canopy which is supported by bronze beams, and quilted loungers and retro armchairs surround the pool, giving the luxury zone a trendy edge and keeping with the tower’s 1920s theme.

#8 WEST FRANKLIN, ADELAIDE, SA

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
West Franklin offers incredible spanning views from its pool area. Credit: West Franklin
Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
The contemporary design features underwater glass panes. Credit: West Franklin

Current status: Under construction

West Franklin offers a “holistic and healthy escape”, providing residents with an exclusive health spa and luxury facilities to de-stress and unwind.

#9 REALM, ADELAIDE, SA

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
Adelaide's Realm embodies ultimate luxury, from its golden features to spanning city views. Credit: Realm
Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
Open-air fireplaces and hot tubs in the rooftop lounge. Credit: Realm

Current status: Under Construction

Realm is set to be Adelaide’s most luxurious and tallest tower in the city. Designed by Elenberg Fraser, Realm embodies opulence in every facet of its design, with golden features throughout, including the pool lining. A bespoke spa can be found on the rooftop, under a green canopy, with open-air fireplaces.

#10 THE STANDARD, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
The Standard's luxury outdoor pool. Credit: The Standard
Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
World-class spa facilities offer a place for residents to relax and unwind. Credit: The Standard

Current status: Under construction

The applauded design by Woods Bagot has received recognition for its state-of-the-art leisure facilities, including an outdoor infinity pool and round spa tubs nestled in amongst lush green planting. The pool area offers semi-submerged loungers, as well as day beds positioned for spectacular views of the city. An artistic track of downlights create a warm evening ambience, and vine creepers against brick cladding provide a rustic yet tranquil backdrop. 

#11 661 CHAPEL STREET, SOUTH YARRA, VIC

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
661 Chapel Street's 25m lap pool. Credit: 661 Chapel Street
Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
View from the entranceway of 661 Chapel Street, featuring the incredible cantilevered swimming pool. Credit: 661 Chapel Street

Current status: Completed

A bold design choice has seen the creation of one of Australia's most exciting lap pools, which is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Conceived as a dramatic entry statement at a daring height, the pool features a glass floor and offers views of Chapel Street. At the furthest point of the pool, private day beds offer a space to relax and unwind.

#12 ARC BY CROWN

Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
Arc by Crown's pool by night. Credit: Crown Group
Love holidays? Here's the next best thing: 12 of Australia's best apartment pools
Arc by Crown's outdoor pool during the day. Credit: Crown Group

Current Status: Complete

As the name suggests, 'Arc' tower displays a curved, sculptural form, and has become a striking addition to the Sydney skyline. The pool is situated at the crown of the building, with a large convex structural canopy provides open-air sky and city views. A podium of timber decking juts into the pool, providing a connection between swimming and lounge areas, and mature trees create a green environment.

Koichi Takada Architects is behind the design, and have already created a number of stand out residential buildings for Crown Group in recent years.

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