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Saturday’s super swell smothers Mahon Pool
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Winter swimming in the glorious light at the Werri Beach ocean pool
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Sunshine on my shoulder at the North Curly Rock Pool
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Swimming and snorkelling in the Mollymook bogey hole
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Australia Day swim at wonderful Wylie’s Baths
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Sunday morning at Wylie’s
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The gentlemen of Sydney’s eastern ocean pools
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Salt water soothing at McIver’s Ladies Baths
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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

Saturday’s super swell smothers Mahon Pool

Late Saturday afternoon, after watching my niece Rosie play a great game of netball at Heffron Park,  we headed down the road to Maroubra’s Mahon Pool to join the other wave watches witness the sea put on a spectacular show!

  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan

Winter swimming in the glorious light at the Werri Beach ocean pool

At the beginning of winter we drove south to spend the weekend with friends at Trudy’s Werri Beach house. On the Saturday morning we went for a walk, bought a coffee from the man with the van near the surf club, then back home for Stephen’s leftover ragu. After lunch we retired to the lounges,[…]

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Sunshine on my shoulder at the North Curly Rock Pool

The sign on North Curl Curl Beach yesterday said it all: ‘Best day in weeks. Enjoy.” Finally the endless rain had stopped in Sydney, the sun was out and I was walking across the yellow sand towards the North Curl Curl Rock Pool. The only problem was that I hadn’t left myself much time as[…]

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Swimming and snorkelling in the Mollymook bogey hole

“I think this is it,” I say to my sister-in-law Kay when we reach an expanse of shallow water and ochre rocks around a headland just south of Mollymook Beach. “Is this the bogey hole?” I ask a woman in an Australian flag bikini. “To tell you the truth, I have no idea,” she says.[…]

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Australia Day swim at wonderful Wylie’s Baths

The tide was high and the swell was up when we arrived at Wylie’s Baths this morning. It looked a bit like a washing machine and my niece Rosie and I weren’t sure about going in. But the lifeguard said it’s okay, just don’t go too close to the north end as a big wave[…]

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Sunday morning at Wylie’s

A dip in the crystal clear water at Wylie’s Baths was a great way to cool off on a warm Sydney Sunday today. The lane ropes were up for the Coogee Diggers Swimming Club races but there was still room to do a few slow laps and spot a fish or two in the underwater[…]

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The gentlemen of Sydney’s eastern ocean pools

During August when I was writing, Into the deep of Sydney’s ocean pools, a story for the travel section of The Weekend Australian, I spoke to a number of ‘chappies’ as my Dad would call them, who spend their days in and around sea baths at Coogee, Bronte and Bondi. At Wylie’s Baths I met[…]

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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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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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