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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
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Honeymoon pools on Hamilton Island
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The swimming club at Northbridge Baths
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Meet the music man of Manuka Pool
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The pool in the park at Petersham
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Ladies-only at lovely McIver’s Baths
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Wild waves at Wylies Baths
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Enjoying a rural pool with a view

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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Honeymoon pools on Hamilton Island

Finally back on the blog after a busy couple of months organising our wedding, which took place on 8 May, a very sunny and beautiful day. It was a great afternoon and evening full of celebration, tears, laughter and lots of dancing from young and old alike. Two days later we headed north to Queensland’s Hamilton[…]

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The swimming club at Northbridge Baths

A couple of Saturdays ago I ventured back to Northbridge Baths, where I spent a signficant part of my childhood. I arrived around 8am in time to experience the joys of the Saturday morning swimming club. From the late 1960s to the very early 80s I was a member of the swimming club. Every Saturday[…]

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Meet the music man of Manuka Pool

It’s a special place – Manuka Pool – not just because it was the first pool in the nation’s capital or that it’s art deco in style. It’s because of the people connected to it – the people who love and care for this inner-Canberra icon. And the main man who loves and cares for[…]

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The pool in the park at Petersham

Life seems to slow down a pace or two when you enter Petersham Park Pool or rather, Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre, as it was renamed in 1999. Very popular with families with young children, the 48-year-old complex includes a 33-metre pool and a children’s wading pool. No one swims particularly fast at this inner west pool[…]

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Ladies-only at lovely McIver’s Baths

It only costs 20 cents to get into McIver’s Baths, a lovely sea pool nestled in a protected curve of the coast at Coogee. There’s no turnstiles or reception desk at this peaceful place so making a contribution relies on honesty and trust. Reserved for women and children only, no men are allowed at this[…]

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Wild waves at Wylies Baths

  Visiting Coogee’s Wylies Baths last week with three of my nieces, I was reminded of the ‘marine biologist’ episode of Seinfeld in which George Costanza proclaimed: “The sea was angry that day, my friends … like an old man trying to send back soup to a deli.” Swimming in the turbulent waters of the[…]

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Enjoying a rural pool with a view

There is something special about a pool with a spectacular view. And that’s what we experienced at Christmas time at my sister and her family’s property at Borambola near Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina. The family’s 12×4 metre pool sits in an elevated position overlooking paddocks and rolling hills. It has salt-chlorinated water and[…]

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