Ocean

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Winter swimming in the glorious light at the Werri Beach ocean pool
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Early evening stroll by Coogee’s ocean pools
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Sunshine on my shoulder at the North Curly Rock Pool
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Swimming and snorkelling in the Mollymook bogey hole
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McIver’s in the media
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Australia Day swim at wonderful Wylie’s Baths
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Sunday morning at Wylie’s
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The gentlemen of Sydney’s eastern ocean pools
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Captain Cook, rainbows and the Woonona ocean pool
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Bathing in the briny at Bronte’s Bogey Hole

Winter swimming in the glorious light at the Werri Beach ocean pool

At the beginning of winter we drove south to spend the weekend with friends at Trudy’s Werri Beach house. On the Saturday morning we went for a walk, bought a coffee from the man with the van near the surf club, then back home for Stephen’s leftover ragu. After lunch we retired to the lounges,[…]

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Early evening stroll by Coogee’s ocean pools

As we drove to Coogee in the second week of May, Bruce asked me was there anything in particular I wanted to do while we were there. “I want to see Ivo Rowe Rock Pool. It’s the only Coogee ocean pool I haven’t been to.” Bruce sighed. “Of course, it had to involve a pool.”[…]

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Sunshine on my shoulder at the North Curly Rock Pool

The sign on North Curl Curl Beach yesterday said it all: ‘Best day in weeks. Enjoy.” Finally the endless rain had stopped in Sydney, the sun was out and I was walking across the yellow sand towards the North Curl Curl Rock Pool. The only problem was that I hadn’t left myself much time as[…]

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Swimming and snorkelling in the Mollymook bogey hole

“I think this is it,” I say to my sister-in-law Kay as we stand in front of pools of water and ochre rocks. “Is this the bogey hole?” I ask a woman in an Australian flag bikini. “To tell you the truth, I have no idea,” she says. We continue walking along the sand and[…]

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McIver’s in the media

Just before Christmas a journalist from an online publication, Vice Australia, contacted me about a story she was doing on McIver’s Ladies Baths at Coogee. She wanted to speak to regulars about the ocean pool and get some comments on what sets it apart from other baths in Sydney.  As I said to Neha Kale, I[…]

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Australia Day swim at wonderful Wylie’s Baths

The tide was high and the swell was up when we arrived at Wylie’s Baths this morning. It looked a bit like a washing machine and my niece Rosie and I weren’t sure about going in. But the lifeguard said it’s okay, just don’t go too close to the north end as a big wave[…]

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Sunday morning at Wylie’s

A dip in the crystal clear water at Wylie’s Baths was a great way to cool off on a warm Sydney Sunday today. The lane ropes were up for the Coogee Diggers Swimming Club races but there was still room to do a few slow laps and spot a fish or two in the underwater[…]

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The gentlemen of Sydney’s eastern ocean pools

During August when I was writing, Into the Deep, a story for the travel section of The Weekend Australian, I spoke to a number of ‘chappies’ as my Dad would call them, who spend their days in and around Sydney’s ocean pools. At Wylie’s Baths I met 80-year-old Reg, who comes to the pool each[…]

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Captain Cook, rainbows and the Woonona ocean pool

The seas were wild the day we travelled south to Bulli and Woonona, just north of Wollongong, to see our friends’ Pete, Marg and Zac. After lunch at the Bulli Beach Cafe, we walked along the headland and looked down on the Bulli Ocean Pool. Then we headed south one suburb to check out Marg’s favourite[…]

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Bathing in the briny at Bronte’s Bogey Hole

When the tide goes out at Bronte Beach, the Bogey Hole appears, a naturally forming rock pool that’s been expanded and rearranged over the years. It’s named after the Aboriginal word to bathe and before white man arrived it was their billabong, their water hole, their immersion place. It’s where people come to wade and[…]

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