- On 11/12/2017 Blacktown's name has its origins in the Stolen Generation as there was a 'Native Institution' here in the 19th century. My experience in the pool Blacktown Aquatic Centre has one of those outdoor swimming pools that look so tempting when you speed past in the train. When I spotted it over the tracks, it looked pristine, with sky blue tiles looking magnificent... Continue Reading
- On 06/12/2017 Ballina probably has both Irish and Aboriginal connections linguistically My experience in the pool Ballina Information Centre at first shook their heads when I asked about the whereabouts of the ocean pool in town. "Well, there's a local campaign to have a new ocean pool built in Ballina," they said, "but there isn't one yet".. When I pressed them and mentioned a... Continue Reading
- On 30/11/2017 Yamba is an Aboriginal word for either shellfish or headland. My experience in the pool Yamba Ocean Pool is the most northerly of the real ocean baths along the NSW coast. It may well also be the most recently built - constructed in the 1960s - though it may also be the more modern building methods and materials that made it more vulnerable... Continue Reading
- On 28/11/2017 Mr Sawtell was a local landlord in the early 1900s. My experience in the pool Sawtell Memorial Rock Pool sits at the northern end of a beautiful sandy beach, which we reached at low tide. The pool lay empty when we turned up early on a Friday afternoon in November, and from the cliff top where we parked it looked at first... Continue Reading
- On 23/11/2017 My experience in the pool Petersham Pool, in Sydney’s inner west, had its name changed a few years ago to Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre. Now, the great thing about the pool in Petersham is that, if you’re like me and went, “Fanny who?”, they provide a potted history of her swimming achievements on little information plaques that line the wall outside... Continue Reading
- On 19/11/2017 My experience in the pool All the blogs I've read about getting to Figure of Eight Pool talk of how tough the route is to get to the spot, and many emphasise the need for energy to get back up the cliff afterwards. The estimate in the Garawarra Farm Car Park, which is the nearest place to leave your car, is... Continue Reading
About the Ocean Pools NSW website
The main aim of this website is to map the wonderful rock pools, ocean pools and other tidal swimming areas that are so well preserved up and down the NSW coast. The idea is to include practical details on how to get to the pools, how easy it is to get in the water and where you can get changed before or after your swim. There will be a little bit of history to each pool – and I’d love to see stories added by others who have swum in them over the decades – and there will be a blog of my own experiences as I swim in them all, one by one.
There will also be tips for where to go after your swim for good coffee or tea, with signposts for the nearest place you can even get just a can of coke or a milkshake. And since I’m a lover of outdoor swimming in general, I have extended the site to include some great outdoor swimming pools dotted around the state, though there are so many I can never hope to visit them all!