Pros & Cons of Natural Swimming Pools

September 3, 2015 - 2 min read

We all love jumping into a pool in the hot Australian summer. Why not look into a natural swimming pool. here’s everything you need to know so you and your family are ready for the warmer months!

A swimming pool in your backyard is a must have in sweltering Australian weather.

If you find the average backyard pool design and the cost of maintaining it uninspiring, a natural swimming pool may be what you need. This kind of tropical oasis will save you money in the long run while your hair, skin and eyes will be free from harmful chlorine.

Read our guide and you’ll understand the advantages and disadvantages of natural swimming pools.

What is a Natural Swimming Pool?

A natural swimming pool, also known as a self-sustainable pond, uses the natural filtration of plants, rocks and moving water to filter the water. No chemicals or electronic filters are used to keep the pool clean.

The pool is built with two sections—the pool area and a filtration area, which is filled with rocks, plants and reeds that filter out algae and keep the water clean.


Inexpensive to Maintain: As the natural swimming pool does not rely on electricity to run filters or chemicals to keep it clean, your maintenance costs will be reduced in the long run.

Requires Little Work: Normal pools require regular cleaning as well as monitoring of chlorine, pH levels and filters. A natural swimming pond only requires you to skim fallen leaves off the surface.

Endless Landscaping Options: Once you have chosen your pool shape, you can start designing your garden surrounds. Choose a variety of water plants, stones and water features to turn your pool into a lush environment.


Still Water May Become Stagnant: A natural swimming pond needs movement in it on a regular basis to keep the plants and water from settling and prevent the growth of algae. A bubbler can be installed to stir the water for you.

Expensive Initial Costs: It will cost more to install a natural swimming pool than a traditional pool. You will need hire a contractor and a landscaper, who will generally play a bigger role in building the filtration and swimming areas.

Water May Look Brown or Green: A natural swimming pool doesn’t contain chemicals like a regular pool does. Instead, it relies on its filtration area to keep the water clean. If you’re used to the crystal clear waters of a traditional pool, you may be put off by the slightly brown or green water.

What to Consider Before Building A Natural Swimming Pool

Declared Plants: Before choosing what plants to feature in and around your pool, check your state or territory government’s declared plants list.

Click on your state or territory below to find out what you can’t plant.

Pool Fencing & Gates

Each state and territory has different laws regarding pool fencing and gates. Check with your local council before starting any pool build.