Archive - 2010

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Brisbane’s ‘sophisticated’ Centenary Pool
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A kaleidoscope of colours at Annette’s pool
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Colourful centre opens in Enmore
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Lovely lap pools at Blueys Beach
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Leichhardt Pool’s 50th birthday
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Salt water bliss at the Palm Beach rock pool
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Ultimo’s curvaceous complex
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Hobart’s abandoned aquatic house
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Winter swimming at Leichhardt Pool
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Wonderful watery words

Brisbane’s ‘sophisticated’ Centenary Pool

In rainy Brisbane over Christmas, we dropped into the Centenary Aquatic Centre on Gregory Terrace in inner city Spring Hill.  Designed by James Birrell, Brisbane City Council’s principal architect from 1955 to 1961, this complex was considered highly innovative and sophisticated in its design when it opened in 1959. In particular its elevated modular restaurant which overlooks the[…]

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A kaleidoscope of colours at Annette’s pool

When I was at the new Annette Kellermann Aquatic Centre 10 days ago I captured some amazing reflections in the water. There were so many beautiful colours, patterns and shimmery shapes it reminded me of looking through a kaleidoscope.   The vibrant greens, yellows, oranges and reds of the newly opened aquatic centre took on new shades  reflected in the water. The[…]

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Colourful centre opens in Enmore

There was a real sense of excitement when the new Annette Kellermann Aquatic Centre opened its doors for the first time yesterday. Locals streamed into the indoor complex which includes an 8-lane, 50 metre pool, a children’s leisure pool and a hydrotherapy and program pool. Some just came to have a look; others, especially the children couldn’t[…]

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Lovely lap pools at Blueys Beach

Exploring the streets of Blueys Beach near Forster on the NSW mid-north coast last week, we discovered a number of laps pools hiding by the side of very flash holiday houses. For me, it was a bit like discovering a piece of treasure. One pool was perched on the edge of bushland, surrounded by soaring[…]

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Leichhardt Pool’s 50th birthday

Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan will be making a guest appearance at the 50th birthday celebrations for Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC) this coming Sunday, 28 November. Festivities will start from 10am and continue until 3pm and during that time entry will be free. Activities include face painting and jumping castle, fitkids classes, adult fitness classes,[…]

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Salt water bliss at the Palm Beach rock pool

On the weekend I immersed myself in the Palm Beach rock pool. Built in the 1920s, the ocean baths are at the southern end of Sydney’s Palm Beach in the area known as Cabbage Tree Boat Harbour and Kiddies Corner. Overlooking the rectangular space are palatial homes, which these days are mainly owned by the rich and famous.[…]

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Ultimo’s curvaceous complex

Ultimo’s Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre is overflowing with curves. From the wave-shaped roof that rises high over the 50-metre pool to the soaring curved form of the outside roof. Then there’s the shapely lines of the leisure pool, meandering, twisting and turning around the playful space. The curve of the roof is repeated in the rounded shapes of[…]

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Hobart’s abandoned aquatic house

There’s something desolate about abandoned swimming pools. All the life has gone from them; they’re quiet, empty and still.All the life has long gone from the Dr Plaister Aquatic House in Hobart. Originally called the Hobart Tepid Baths, the 72-year-old art-deco complex has been boarded up and closed for nearly 10 years. The former Hobart icon lies derelict and[…]

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Winter swimming at Leichhardt Pool

Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC) in Sydney’s inner west is my pool. Since I moved to the area 20 years ago, it has been my lap swimming spot.  While it’s very popular in summer, my favourite time is in the colder months when only the regulars brave the outdoor 50-metre pool. Heated to 27 degrees, in the[…]

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Wonderful watery words

When I was reading Kate Grenville’s novel The Lieutenant on Hamilton Island I was struck by her beautiful descriptions of water. So I thought I would share some of those passages. The Lieutenant is the story of Daniel Rooke, a young soldier and astronomer who arrives in NSW on the First Fleet in 1788. It’s the[…]

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