During our hot and humid January, these beautiful ocean pools in Sydney and south to Kiama have kept me cool, calm, revived and inspired.
The Pool, Australia’s exhibition at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, has had a second life and last Friday night was officially opened at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. The exhibition celebrates the pool in Australian architecture, culture and life and there was plenty of enthusiasm for its reincarnation at the opening, including[…]Read More
As we drove to Coogee in the second week of May, Bruce asked me was there anything in particular I wanted to do while we were there. “I want to see Ivo Rowe Pool. It’s the only Coogee ocean pool I haven’t been to.” Bruce sighed. “Of course, it had to involve a pool.” We[…]Read More
Just before Christmas a journalist from an online publication, Vice Australia, contacted me about a story she was doing on McIver’s Ladies Baths at Coogee. She wanted to speak to regulars about the ocean pool and get some comments on what sets it apart from other baths in Sydney. As I said to Neha Kale, I[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
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[…]Read More