- On 10/08/2017 My experience in the pool Swimming at Macquarie University Aquatic Centre was a bit like coming home from one of those holidays when you haven't had a decent coffee for two weeks (more on the coffee at Macquarie University later, by the way). My first chance in about six weeks to stretch out and do laps in a 50m outdoor pool... Continue Reading
- On 28/07/2017 My experience in the pool The Little Street Baths in Forster are a funny spot. With such a fabulous ocean pool just ten minutes' walk away, why would anyone ever want to swim in these baths, you might think? I like the idea of netted swimming enclosures in Sydney along the George's River or Port Hacking when locals might feel it's just... Continue Reading
- On 18/07/2017 Tuncurry means 'plenty of fish' in local Aboriginal language My experience in the pool Tuncurry Rockpool would not count as a rock pool in most people's definitions of the term. There are no rocks anywhere, unless you count the material used to build the harbour wall, and it is more a netted beach than a pool as such. Still, for my ocean... Continue Reading
- On 30/06/2017 My experience in the pool Black Head Ocean Baths ticked all my boxes. The pool is nearer 30m than 50m but that's a good enough lap length, and with the surf pounding just beyond the pool wall, a pod of dolphins darting about in the bay near the pool, a friendly local to talk to, and best of all a local... Continue Reading
- On 23/06/2017 Auburn was named after a village in England that features in an 18th century poem. My experience in the pool The Auburn Swim Centre, whose official name is the Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, only reopened in April 2017 after major refurbishment. It was quiet here on a chilly May morning, but the sun was bright and the outdoor Olympic pool looked very... Continue Reading
- On 15/06/2017 Forster is named after a 19th century NSW Premier. My experience in the pool Forster Ocean Baths are an absolute delight. If you're heading north, as I am on this quest to swim in all the NSW outdoor swimming enclosures, make the most of Forster because there aren't many more genuine ocean pools between here and the Queensland border. Forster Baths must have... 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!