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Manuka Pool celebrates 80 summers
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An Australia Day dip at Petersham Pool
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Moruya’s War Memorial Swimming Pool
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Peaceful Petersham Park Pool
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Brisbane’s ‘sophisticated’ Centenary Pool
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A kaleidoscope of colours at Annette’s pool
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Colourful centre opens in Enmore
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Lovely lap pools at Blueys Beach
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Leichhardt Pool’s 50th birthday
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Salt water bliss at the Palm Beach rock pool

Manuka Pool celebrates 80 summers

Last Friday night, Manuka Pool, Canberra’s first public swimming pool, celebrated its 80th birthday. Friends of the heritage-listed pool were entertained by a ukulele band, acrobats and swing dancing as they picnicked in the garden. Others spent the night in the pool, enjoying a dip at dusk. As old photos were projected onto the wall[…]

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An Australia Day dip at Petersham Pool

  A morning dip at our local pool was a nice way to start Australia Day. In the water I met the very tanned Joe, appropriately attired for a swim on 26 January. It’s a pretty relaxed place – Petersham Park Pool or I should say the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre as it is officially called. It was[…]

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Moruya’s War Memorial Swimming Pool

On our recent travels down the NSW South Coast I revisited the Moruya War Memorial Swimming Pool. Like many pools built across Australia post World War II, this pool was named in honour of those who served in the war. Located next to a park and by the Moruya River, it was officially opened on 13 February 1965.  Back[…]

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Peaceful Petersham Park Pool

Yesterday morning when I went for a walk around the lovely Petersham Park I looked in on the pool. What I discovered was a very peaceful scene of about seven swimmers slowly lapping up and down the 33-metre pool. With my regular swimming spot – Leichhardt Pool – crowded with holiday-makers at this time of year,[…]

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Brisbane’s ‘sophisticated’ Centenary Pool

In rainy Brisbane over Christmas, we dropped into the Centenary Aquatic Centre on Gregory Terrace in inner city Spring Hill.  Designed by James Birrell, Brisbane City Council’s principal architect from 1955 to 1961, this complex was considered highly innovative and sophisticated in its design when it opened in 1959. In particular its elevated modular restaurant which overlooks the[…]

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A kaleidoscope of colours at Annette’s pool

When I was at the new Annette Kellermann Aquatic Centre 10 days ago I captured some amazing reflections in the water. There were so many beautiful colours, patterns and shimmery shapes it reminded me of looking through a kaleidoscope.   The vibrant greens, yellows, oranges and reds of the newly opened aquatic centre took on new shades  reflected in the water. The[…]

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Colourful centre opens in Enmore

There was a real sense of excitement when the new Annette Kellermann Aquatic Centre opened its doors for the first time yesterday. Locals streamed into the indoor complex which includes an 8-lane, 50 metre pool, a children’s leisure pool and a hydrotherapy and program pool. Some just came to have a look; others, especially the children couldn’t[…]

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Lovely lap pools at Blueys Beach

Exploring the streets of Blueys Beach near Forster on the NSW mid-north coast last week, we discovered a number of laps pools hiding by the side of very flash holiday houses. For me, it was a bit like discovering a piece of treasure. One pool was perched on the edge of bushland, surrounded by soaring[…]

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Leichhardt Pool’s 50th birthday

Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan will be making a guest appearance at the 50th birthday celebrations for Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC) this coming Sunday, 28 November. Festivities will start from 10am and continue until 3pm and during that time entry will be free. Activities include face painting and jumping castle, fitkids classes, adult fitness classes,[…]

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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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