Tag - NSW ocean baths

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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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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
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Sea eagles, Dad’s Army and the Black Head Rock Pool
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Swimming in champagne at Bermagui’s beautiful Blue Pool
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South coast swimming at Gerringong’s ocean baths
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Bronte baths featured in photographic exhibition

Swimming and snorkelling in the Mollymook bogey hole

“I think this is it,” I say to my sister-in-law Kay as we stand in front of pools of water and ochre rocks. “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. We continue walking along the sand and[…]

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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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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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Sea eagles, Dad’s Army and the Black Head Rock Pool

Travelling up and down the Pacific Highway over the past three weeks we visited a number of pools. First stop was the ocean baths at Black Head about 235 kilometres north of Sydney. NSW is blessed with 100 ocean baths but there are only five north of Newcastle. There used to be six but I[…]

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Swimming in champagne at Bermagui’s beautiful Blue Pool

Pushed for time and with the weather cool I wasn’t going to swim in Bermagui’s Blue Pool.  But when I saw it from the lookout above, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. Diving into the bluey-green pool I felt like I was entering an exotic cave like the Grotto Azzurra (Blue Grotto) on Italy’s Isle of Capri. I have[…]

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South coast swimming at Gerringong’s ocean baths

There were plenty of surfers in wetsuits in the Werri Beach waves last Sunday but only one swimmer in the ocean pool. The cool, wet weather discouraged most from diving in but as lone swimmer Margaret commented: “It’s warmer in the water than outside.” So after taking a few snaps I joined Margaret in the[…]

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Bronte baths featured in photographic exhibition

Tomorrow (2 July) is the last chance to catch an exhibition of photos taken at Sydney’s Bronte Pool on show at the Iain Dawson Gallery in Paddington. As the blurb says: “Wayne Fogden’s painting-like photographs capture the quieter moments, in which lone swimmers do their laps or rest on the edge of the pool, pondering[…]

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