Ocean

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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
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Salt water soothing at McIver’s Ladies Baths
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Birthday swim at Coogee’s McIver’s Ladies’ Baths
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Meditating on lines and stripes at the pool

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 and Zac and Marg. 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[…]

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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[…]

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Salt water soothing at McIver’s Ladies Baths

On Monday, just before dusk, my friend Margie and I swam at McIver’s Ladies Baths.  The sky was grey and drops of rain started to fall as we walked down the stairs of the Coogee rock pool but we weren’t deterred and a few minutes later we were in. “It’s beautiful,” said Margie after a[…]

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Birthday swim at Coogee’s McIver’s Ladies’ Baths

As a birthday present to myself last week I went for a swim at McIver’s Ladies’ Baths. I had visited the Coogee pool a few times before but this was the first time I was diving in. Mid-week, McIver’s is a peaceful spot where breaststroke is the preferred style or a leisurely backstroke. A few also don caps[…]

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Meditating on lines and stripes at the pool

Looking at an exhibition of contemporary textiles at the Sturt Gallery in Mittagong recently made me think of lines and stripes at pools. Called Parallels, artist Barbara Rogers explored the “diversity and language of the stripe; the simplest of all patterns…” Some of her silk textiles reminded me of particular pools especially ones she created in shades of green and blue. When[…]

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