Ocean

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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
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At the rock pool by Mona Vale’s Bongin Bongin Bay
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Underwater with Narelle Autio, Persephone and me
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Swimming in champagne at Bermagui’s beautiful Blue Pool

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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At the rock pool by Mona Vale’s Bongin Bongin Bay

Mona Vale on Sydney’s northern beaches was originally known as Bongin Bongin, says John Ogden in his book Saltwater People of the Broken Bays. It was renamed in 1858 after the first farm in the area called ‘Mona’, which means ‘high born’. Ogden suggests the owner of the farm, Scotsman Robert Campbell may have named[…]

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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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Swimming in champagne at Bermagui’s beautiful Blue Pool

Pushed for time and with the weather cool I wasn’t going to swim in Bermagui’s Blue Pool.  But when I saw it from the lookout above, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. Diving into the bluey-green pool I felt like I was entering an exotic cave like the Grotto Azzurra (Blue Grotto) on Italy’s Isle of Capri. I have[…]

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