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The magical moods of Maroubra’s Mahon Pool
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Anzac Day tranquility at Leichhardt Pool
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Retro magic at Auburn’s Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre
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Swimming with Bruce and Stephen at the Werri Beach Rock Pool
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Sea eagles, Dad’s Army and the Black Head Rock Pool
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The Moody family is a pool family now!
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Another day in paradise at Balmain’s Dawn Fraser Baths
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The art and soul of the swimming pool
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High altitude pool spotting in the Snowy Mountains
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Reflecting on pretty patterns at Annette Kellerman Pool

The magical moods of Maroubra’s Mahon Pool

The beauty of ocean pools is that they change each day according to the weather and the patterns of the sea. Last week huge waves lined up outside Mahon Pool and crashed over the chains. Sometimes there was so much water the pool disappeared completely from view. It was mesmerising watching the rise and fall[…]

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Anzac Day tranquility at Leichhardt Pool

On Anzac Day there was a soft Autumn light over Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre. The late afternoon sun glistened and sparkled in the blue water of the 50-metre pool. When I started taking photos, a lifeguard asked me what was so interesting in the pool. “There’s all these beautiful reflections,” I said. Oh,” he said, sounding unconvinced of[…]

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Retro magic at Auburn’s Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre

White, black, turquoise, red, mousey pink, mustard, dark grey, mint and pale blue. That’s what greets me when I walk into the Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre at Auburn. Colours, patterns and shapes abound at this 1959-model pool. Above the water and below. On the grandstand full of peeling paint. On the tables, umbrellas, seats and chairs.[…]

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Swimming with Bruce and Stephen at the Werri Beach Rock Pool

On Sunday morning the water gushed into the Werri Beach Rock Pool and spilt over the sides. Near the deep end turquoise waves reared up and splashed white on to the rocks. Two boys stood near the edge and waited to be pushed into the pool. I waded into the pale green water and stared[…]

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Sea eagles, Dad’s Army and the Black Head Rock Pool

Travelling up and down the Pacific Highway over the past three weeks we visited a number of pools. First stop was the ocean baths at Black Head about 235 kilometres north of Sydney. NSW is blessed with 100 ocean baths but there are only five north of Newcastle. There used to be six but I[…]

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The Moody family is a pool family now!

Those were the triumphant words of Kevin, father of the Moody clan on Wednesday night’s final A Moody Christmas on ABC TV. Photo from abc.net.au The pool was a long term project of Kevin’s which he announced in the first episode of the comedy series set over six consecutive Christmas days. Photo from abc.net.au Each year when[…]

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Another day in paradise at Balmain’s Dawn Fraser Baths

When I was swimming around Cockatoo Island on Sunday morning, the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt was on my mind. Captain Thunderbolt aka Fred Ward was imprisoned on the island for stealing horses. In 1863 he escaped by swimming the 600 metres or so to shore. He emerged from the water at a place in Balmain that became[…]

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The art and soul of the swimming pool

Visiting some of the Art and About exhibitions and installations in Sydney last month got me thinking about art at pools. The motto of Art and About is ‘art in unusual places’, and from 21 September to 21 October that’s what you find in the city’s parks, lane ways, streets and malls. “We try every year to use places[…]

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High altitude pool spotting in the Snowy Mountains

Staying at Thredbo in the NSW Snowy Mountains in April this year we encountered a potpourri of pools. On the trek up to Mt Kosciuszko we passed small pools formed among the rocks and melting snow. Just over two kilometres from the summit we stopped at the glacial Lake Cootapatamba. The Aborigines named the water hole, kau-oola-patamba, the place where the[…]

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Reflecting on pretty patterns at Annette Kellerman Pool

This morning when I swam at the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre in Enmore the light was streaming through the large windows above the deep end. The lime-green on the trim around the windows was reflecting in the water. Other colours also joined in creating beautiful patterns in the pool. It was like looking through a kaleidoscope that[…]

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