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Hobart’s abandoned aquatic house
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Winter swimming at Leichhardt Pool
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Honeymoon pools on Hamilton Island
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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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Enjoying a rural pool with a view
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Hobart’s old and new pools
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Spring Hill Baths: a jewel of a pool
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The wonder pool of Australasia
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A lifetime connection with pools

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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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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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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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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Hobart’s old and new pools

While we were in Tasmania for a wedding last week, I went to the Hobart Aquatic Centre for a swim. Hobart City Council advertises this complex as an escape to a sub-tropical summer’s day even during the city’s coldest weather. Well it was certainly warm inside the indoor centre – a bit too warm. But[…]

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Spring Hill Baths: a jewel of a pool

If Spring Hill Baths in inner city Brisbane was a swimmer it would be a slow, mellow breaststroker wearing a floral cap. Opened on 9 December 1886, it is Brisbane’s first in-ground public baths. It also lays claim to being the oldest indoor pool in the Southern Hemisphere.   People who swim at this grand[…]

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The wonder pool of Australasia

After an absence of more than 20 years, I recently returned to North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool. I spent a lot of time at this pool during my high school years and into my 20s so my visit was a trip down memory lane. While there have been a number of additions in the past[…]

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A lifetime connection with pools

For as long as I can remember I have had a fascination with swimming pools. Whenever I am near one I have a terrible urge to dive in. After I have been in one, I have trouble tearing myself away from the comforting, womb-like, liquidy space. As a child I spent hours poring over the[…]

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