Ocean

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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
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The magical moods of Maroubra’s Mahon Pool
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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

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 of Sydney’s ocean pools, 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 sea baths at Coogee, Bronte and Bondi. At Wylie’s Baths I met[…]

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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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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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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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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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