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Walking and swimming at Oatley Park and Baths
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Swimming and snorkelling in the Mollymook bogey hole
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Valentine’s Day dip at gorgeous Greenwich Baths
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Boxing Day dip in the briney at the Woolwich tidal baths

Walking and swimming at Oatley Park and Baths

  • Angophoras at Oatley Park Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 February 2018
  • Oatley Park and Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Park, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Races at the Oatley Amateur Swimming Club, Oatley Baths, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Amateur Swimming Club races, Oatley Baths, 18 Feb 2018 photo Therese Spruhan
  • Blocks at Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Dressing sheds, Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Concrete blocks at Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 February 2018
  • Pontoon at Oatley Baths, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018

Pink-orange Angophora trees twisting and turning like ballet dancers above a river of blue-green, pathways of sandstone, the sweet smell of the Sydney bush, the camaraderie of the Oatley Amateur Swimming Club, bodies diving off the concrete blocks, retro change rooms, sausages and tomato sauce, a salty taste on my tongue, sand and mud between my toes, the swish of the water, the flow of the tide and the heat of the summer sun.

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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Valentine’s Day dip at gorgeous Greenwich Baths

The first time I went to Greenwich Baths I wasn’t very impressed. I was only about 6 or 7 and they seemed makeshift compared to the solid structures at my local tidal pool, Northbridge Baths. The low tide also coloured my view as its never the best time to swim at a harbour pool. When we[…]

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Boxing Day dip in the briney at the Woolwich tidal baths

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With the tide almost reaching the two metre mark, yesterday Bruce and I and my sister and her kids went for a swim at Woolwich Baths. The simple baths on the Lane Cove River used to be known as ‘Mooney’s mud hole’ after the chap who lived behind the ticket booth and shop (no longer there) in a large canvas tent with wooden floor.

In the 1950s and 60s Mr Mooney looked after the pool and taught some of the locals to swim among the jelly blubbers and occasional blue swimmer crabs. For my sister and I,  products of Northbridge Baths, another Sydney harbour pool, swimming in the high tide, salt water was bliss, and Bruce, Will, Rosie and Mary thought it was pretty good too!

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