- On 26/12/2017 Bruce Steer was a local personality at the heart of Bermagui's community in the post-war years. My experience in the pool Bruce Steer Pool in Bermagui doesn't get as much publicity as the Blue Pool over the headland, but actually on the right day this is a fantastic spot for a protected swim. The first time I came to Bermagui (to swim in... Continue Reading
- On 22/12/2017 Berry was named after the first family of white settlers in the area. My experience in the pool Berry Village Pool is one of those charming little 20m pools most villages in Australia seem to have. Yes, if you're a Pom, you heard that right: a village pool. Back in the UK, I can think of only one area where a set... Continue Reading
- On 19/12/2017 Epping was named after the east London/Essex town of the same name. My experience in the pool Epping Aquatic Centre sits surrounded by bush in this leafy northern suburb of Sydney. It's a wonderful place to swim, with those tall gum trees towering over on all sides, and the bush inhabitants squawking or cooing as you plough up and down your laps. I... Continue Reading
- 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
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!