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Pools by the Sea

Feb 2, 2017  ·  4 min read

cover image by andrew losurdo

words by alex robertson

The Eastern Suburbs are renowned for many things but its beaches are definitely numero uno on the list and it just so happens that every beach from Bondi to Maroubra has one, if not two, magical rock pools.

As much as rock pools are typically known as a place of play for the little ones, we have such a variety of different pools that there is something for everyone.

Here’s a list of some of the best we have got on offer right at our doorstep.

North Bondi Rock Pools
Located at the North end of the beach just below the grassy knoll lies a baby infested rock pool. This is probably not an ideal choice if you are over the age of 5 but for new families, this is exactly where you want to be. The perfect gradual slope leads into the shallow pool for your little ones very first attempt at a swim.

The most photographed spot in Bondi that has over time become one of the most famous views in the world. Icebergs pool attracts crowds from all different walks of life – whether you’re an early morning lap swimmer, a yogi who just finished your session at ‘Yoga By The Sea’, a young family wading in the shallow pool, a greasy weekend plastic or an old veteran that has been frequenting since it opened in 1929, Icebergs will always be a favourite and a staple ocean pool in the Eastern Suburbs.

Bronte Baths
Bronte Baths are one of my favourite pools on our stretch of coast. It’s a 30m pool carved into the cliff face which gives it such a natural feel that is oh so picturesque. Prior to 1883 it was known as ‘The Bogey Hole at South Nelson Bay’ and still to this day called Bogey Hole by old timer locals. It originally cost 150 pounds to build which would probably be the equivalent to lunch for two these days.

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Busy day at the baths ?

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Clovelly Ocean Pool
Massive ocean pool surrounded by sand, concrete, grassy hills with shady tree areas, picnic tables, kiddies play equipment and cafe. This place is a perfect paradise that you can really make a day out of. Aside from all the attractions outside the water, under the surface is the most magical part of all so pack your snorkel. 5 massive blue gropers frequent the area and you can swim right up beside them!

Giles Baths, Coogee
Located at the North end of Coogee Beach, Giles is the ultimate mermaid pool – everything you imagine when you picture the ultimate natural rock pool. A small inlet fills the large pool so in rough conditions it can become quite dangerous but on a calm day, this is the place to be. It’s quite deep at the ocean end making it perfect for jumping off the sides and into the crystal clear aqua water.

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Starting the day with my favourite mermaid.

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These are just 5 of my favourites but if you have the time while you’re in Sydney or you’re lucky enough to live nearby I highly advise you check them all out! Happy exploring readers!

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