Pool Reviews

Kiama Rockpool – Blowhole Point NSW 2533

Kiama rockpool ‘Where the sea makes a noise’… My experience in the rock pool This is the pool I go to at the end of a long, hot day since it’s a short walk from my home in Kiama. Although not the size of an Olympic pool, it never feels full, even with 60 tourists messing about on a summer holiday weekend. It’s not the kind of pool you’d do laps in, except on cloudy days when you get the chance to swim alone, but it is a fabulous spot to cool off and just feel the joy of Read more [...]

Kiama Ocean Pool – Pheasant Point Baths 2533

Kiama Ocean Pool The former "ladies'" baths in Kiama My experience in the rock pool This must be one of the biggest ocean pools along the south coast of NSW. It’s about 40m long and wide enough for lots of lane swimming. But you hardly ever see anyone in it, which is really a shame, because the less it’s used, the less frequently it gets cleared out. And this has been the problem for me in each of my dips in this pool. Because the tides only clear the ocean end of the pool thoroughly, Read more [...]

Austinmer Ocean Pools – NSW 2515

Austinmer Rock Pool They say the swell can be so strong here that swimmers have been known to be carried over the edge of one rock pool straight into the other pool without a graze on their body! My experience in the rock pool This was about the most fun you can imagine in a rock pool. Of the two ocean pools at Austinmer, I swam only in the narrower one, which apparently is much deeper and better for lap swimming. Although it was over two hours after high tide when I jumped in, the Read more [...]

Thirroul Olympic Pool – NSW 2515

Thirroul Olympic Pool A proper Olympic size pool, tiled with lane markings, but with water pumped direct from the ocean so the temperature rises and falls with the sea temperature. My experience in the rock pool My first proper lap swim since my shoulder injury so I was taking it easy. Beautiful water temperature, though all the locals were exclaiming at how much colder it was than earlier in the week. It always takes me a little while to get back in the swing of things and into a Read more [...]

Bulli Rock Pool – NSW 2516

Bulli Rock Pool There’s been a rock pool on this site for almost 100 years. My experience in the rock pool I went to Bulli Pool while still under dire warnings from my physio about not swimming due to limited movement in my shoulder. So I was limited to floating around on my back and paddling with my feet and legs only. Still that in itself was a joy in this beautiful ocean pool set against the cliff on a headland with beaches stretching out to either side, and I think you can just Read more [...]

Bellambi Rock Pool – NSW 2518

Surfer gliding past rock pool at Bellambi Bellambi Rock Pool One of the most recent rock pools to be built (in the mid 1960s) My experience in the rock pool I arrived half an hour after high tide, with the waves lapping over the edge of the pool, making for a fairly choppy look to the surface. So I decided to let the water recede a little before taking the plunge. By the time I was in the water, an hour after high tide, the waves were just entering the pool at the far north end, Read more [...]

Towradgi Rock Pool – NSW 2518

Towradgi rock pool The name apparently comes from the Aboriginal word ‘kowradgi’,  meaning ‘guardian of the sacred stones’ My experience in the pool It was a cloudy morning, not long after low tide, for my swim in Towradgi Pool. It’s funny how grey water is never quite as inviting as the blue stuff, and the slipway into the pool had a layer of green slime underfoot which made it look too slippery to risk. So I opted for the stairs midway along the 50m length of this pool, Read more [...]

Woonona Rock Pool – NSW 2517

‘Place of young wallabies’ , though the swimming group that meets here on Sundays through winter is called the Ockies… My experience in the pool This is a breathtakingly beautiful pool, perched up on a rocky headland; it’s not really a rock pool as such anymore, as it has been built into a proper Olympic size pool with lanes (though the lane markings are largely faded now). Water quality and temperature were excellent for my visit in early March. And there’s a great spirit Read more [...]

Men’s Baths – North Wollongong rock pool – NSW 2529

Its name dates from a bygone era for gender segregation in swimming. Open to everyone now. My experience in the pool Both times I’ve swum in this pool have been joyous occasions. Once, in the middle of a summer heatwave, it was a wonderful cooling off spot, even though the water levels were low as it was heading for low tide. And tide times are important so pick your slot carefully for optimum pool conditions. My second swim here was on a balmy autumn day but it was early morning before Read more [...]

Continental Baths, Wollongong, NSW 2529

Continental Baths, Wollongong The name Wollongong comes from the  local Aboriginal word for ‘seas of the south’ My experience in the pool This is a pool where people work hard. The main pool is organised into four wide lanes, allowing everyone to swim clockwise with a passing channel down the middle. On a cloudy morning in early February, there were about 10 people in the water, all doing freestyle at a fair lick. I joined two others in one ‘lane’ for my 600m swim – a Read more [...]