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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...

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...

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...

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...

Ultimo’s curvaceous complex

   Ultimo’s Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre is overflowing with curves. From the wave-shaped roof that rises high over the 50-metre pool to the soaring curved form of the outside roof.   Then there’s the shapely lines of the leisure pool...

Hobart’s abandoned aquatic house

 There’s something desolate about abandoned swimming pools. All the life has gone from them; they’re quiet, empty and still.All the life has long gone from the Dr Plaister Aquatic House in Hobart. Originally called the Hobart Tepid...

Winter swimming at Leichhardt Pool

Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC) in Sydney’s inner west is my pool. Since I moved to the area 20 years ago, it has been my lap swimming spot. While it’s very popular in summer, my favourite time is in the colder months when only the...

Wonderful watery words

 When I was reading Kate Grenville’s novel The Lieutenant on Hamilton Island I was struck by her beautiful descriptions of water. So I thought I would share some of those passages. The Lieutenant is the story of Daniel Rooke, a young soldier...

Honeymoon pools on Hamilton Island

 Finally back on the blog after a busy couple of months organising our wedding, which took place on 8 May, a very sunny and beautiful day. It was a great afternoon and evening full of celebration, tears, laughter and lots of dancing from young and...

Northbridge Swimming Club, photo by Therese Spruhan

The swimming club at Northbridge Baths

The swimming club is almost as old as the baths. The baths were officially opened on 8 November 1924. The Northbridge Amateur Swimming Club was formed just over two months later on 15 January 1925. At only 25 feet wide and 33 feet long, the original...

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