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The pool in the park at Petersham
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Ladies-only at lovely McIver’s Baths
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Wild waves at Wylies Baths
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Enjoying a rural pool with a view
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Hobart’s old and new pools
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‘Soulful’ ocean baths in Saltwater show
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Spring Hill Baths: a jewel of a pool
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Angourie’s blue and green pools
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Discovering Yamba’s sea pool
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The wonder pool of Australasia

The pool in the park at Petersham

Life seems to slow down a pace or two when you enter Petersham Park Pool or rather, Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre, as it was renamed in 1999. Very popular with families with young children, the 48-year-old complex¬†includes a 33-metre pool and a children’s wading pool. No one swims particularly fast at this inner west pool[…]

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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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Enjoying a rural pool with a view

There is something special about a pool with a spectacular view. And that’s what we experienced at Christmas time at my sister and her family’s property at Borambola near Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina. The family’s 12×4 metre pool sits in an elevated position overlooking paddocks and rolling hills. It has salt-chlorinated water and[…]

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Hobart’s old and new pools

While we were in Tasmania for a wedding last week, I went to the Hobart Aquatic Centre for a swim. Hobart City Council advertises this complex as an escape to a sub-tropical summer’s day even during the city’s coldest weather. Well it was certainly warm inside the indoor centre – a bit too warm. But[…]

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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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Spring Hill Baths: a jewel of a pool

If Spring Hill Baths in inner city Brisbane was a swimmer it would be a slow, mellow breaststroker wearing a floral cap. Opened on 9 December 1886, it is Brisbane’s first in-ground public baths. It also lays claim to being the oldest indoor pool in the Southern Hemisphere.   People who swim at this grand[…]

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Angourie’s blue and green pools

While we were in Yamba a couple of weeks ago, we dropped in to Angourie to visit the blue and green pools. A famous surfing spot, Angourie’s fresh water pools are the result of the quarrying of rock for the Clarence River breakwalls in the 1890s. The pools were created when a spring was disturbed[…]

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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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The wonder pool of Australasia

After an absence of more than 20 years, I recently returned to North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool. I spent a lot of time at this pool during my high school years and into my 20s so my visit was a trip down memory lane. While there have been a number of additions in the past[…]

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