Ocean

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Swim into history at Australia’s heritage pools
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Austinmer’s double ocean baths
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Salt water bliss at the Palm Beach rock pool
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Ladies-only at lovely McIver’s Baths
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Wild waves at Wylies Baths
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‘Soulful’ ocean baths in Saltwater show
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Discovering Yamba’s sea pool
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A lifetime connection with pools

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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Austinmer’s double ocean baths

The Illawarra area, south of Sydney is blessed with many beautiful ocean baths. Between Coalcliff in the north to Shellharbour in the south there are around 24 pools built into rock faces by the sea.     One of these beauties is the double ocean pool at Austinmer. With my good friend Marg and her son[…]

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Salt water bliss at the Palm Beach rock pool

On the weekend I immersed myself in the Palm Beach rock pool. Built in the 1920s, the ocean baths are at the southern end of Sydney’s Palm Beach in the area known as Cabbage Tree Boat Harbour and Kiddies Corner. Overlooking the rectangular space are palatial homes, which these days are mainly owned by the rich and famous.[…]

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Ladies-only at lovely McIver’s Baths

It only costs 20 cents to get into McIver’s Baths, a lovely sea pool nestled in a protected curve of the coast at Coogee. There’s no turnstiles or reception desk at this peaceful place so making a contribution relies on honesty and trust. Reserved for women and children only, no men are allowed at this[…]

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Wild waves at Wylies Baths

  Visiting Coogee’s Wylies Baths last week with three of my nieces, I was reminded of the ‘marine biologist’ episode of Seinfeld in which George Costanza proclaimed: “The sea was angry that day, my friends … like an old man trying to send back soup to a deli.” Swimming in the turbulent waters of the[…]

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‘Soulful’ ocean baths in Saltwater show

If you love pools, you’ll love the exhibition at the Meyer Gallery in Darlinghurst, Called Saltwater, it showcases paintings by Cindy Goode Milman and photographs by Ian Lever of Sydney’s ocean and harbourside pools. Cindy Goode Milman’s colourful oil paintings are the result of her year-long study of ocean and bay pools from the Northern[…]

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Discovering Yamba’s sea pool

On a road trip to Brisbane this month we stopped overnight at Yamba on the NSW north coast. As well as having a lovely dinner at Pippi’s restaurant, the stopover provided a great opportunity for this pool-obsessed person to investigate the Yamba Sea Pool. After a long drive from Sydney I was really looking forward[…]

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A lifetime connection with pools

For as long as I can remember I have had a fascination with swimming pools. Whenever I am near one I have a terrible urge to dive in. After I have been in one, I have trouble tearing myself away from the comforting, womb-like, liquidy space. As a child I spent hours poring over the[…]

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