Inland

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Novel experiences of pools
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Wading into The Pool exhibition in Melbourne
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Sensational swimming in Northern Territory’s Top End
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High altitude pool spotting in the Snowy Mountains
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Underwater with Narelle Autio, Persephone and me
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Country towns, The Castle and Chewton Pool
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The healing waters of Moree’s artesian baths
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Swim into history at Australia’s heritage pools
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Enjoying a rural pool with a view
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Angourie’s blue and green pools

Novel experiences of pools

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been collecting passages from novels I’ve read that capture the bliss of being in water on a stinking hot day, the joy of swimming or serendipitously stumbling upon a beautiful  pool. My most recent find was in the pages of Kent Haruf’s Benediction recommended to me by my[…]

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Wading into The Pool exhibition in Melbourne

The Pool, Australia’s exhibition at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, has had a second life and last Friday night was officially opened at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. The exhibition celebrates the pool in Australian architecture, culture and life and there was plenty of enthusiasm for its reincarnation at the opening, including[…]

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Sensational swimming in Northern Territory’s Top End

Recently we spent three weeks in Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield National Park where we swam in some amazing water holes, wave pools, hot springs and lap pools. When we returned I wrote about these fabulous swimming spots in a story published in The Weekend Australian last Saturday, 4 July.  You can read the story,[…]

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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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Underwater with Narelle Autio, Persephone and me

A favourite game among my friends back in the 1970s at Northbridge Baths was to dare each other to dive under the suspended starting blocks and come up the other side. The bottom of the blocks was often covered in moss, so it was bit like venturing into a dark, slightly disorientating world. I was always[…]

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Country towns, The Castle and Chewton Pool

When you live on the coast you take having somewhere to swim for granted. There’s the beach, ocean pools, the harbour, bay baths or the local chlorine complex. But it’s a different story in inland Australia, particularly in the smaller towns. The river or lake may be an option but they are not always safe.[…]

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The healing waters of Moree’s artesian baths

There’s lots of sitting, sunbaking and hanging around at Moree’s hot artesian baths in north-western NSW. The 38 and 40 degree pools are full of bodies; mainly ageing bodies seeking healing in the mineral rich artesian water. Mature women mingle in their colourful cossies covering ample bosoms and broadening middles. Gold chains with crosses and[…]

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Swim into history at Australia’s heritage pools

A story I wrote on some of Australia’s heritage pools entitled ‘Treasured pearls of the past’ is in the travel section of The Weekend Australian, 26-27 March, 2011. The featured pools are Manuka Pool, Canberra, Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane, Tobruk Memorial Baths, Townsville, Wylie’s Baths, Coogee, Newcastle Ocean Baths, Dawn Fraser Baths, Balmain, North Sydney[…]

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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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Angourie’s blue and green pools

While we were in Yamba a couple of weeks ago, we dropped in to Angourie to visit the blue and green pools. A famous surfing spot, Angourie’s fresh water pools are the result of the quarrying of rock for the Clarence River breakwalls in the 1890s. The pools were created when a spring was disturbed[…]

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