Parsley Bay

9 Jan

ImageThis may just be my favourite swimming spot in the harbour!  Big call!  Only locals really know about this place and it is glorious with a high tide.  You can swim off the rocks or from the beach.  

ImageWe swam from these rocks, excellent.  Don’t forget your goggles.

Nielson Park

9 Jan

ImageThis is a great spot for a swim.  You are literally in the harbour and you can get a unique view of the city if you swim out to the net.  There is a great park with heaps of trees for shade, it’s pretty much a kids swimming place in the morning!

Nielson Park 1

Manly to Palm Beach

9 Jan

Fairy Bower Pool

Queenscliff Pool (North Steyne)

Freshwater Pool

South Curl Curl Pool

North Curl Curl Pool

Dee Why Pool

Collaroy Pool

North Narrabeen Pool

Mona Vale Pool

Newport Beach Pool

Bilgola Pool

Avalon Pool

Whale Beach Pool

Palm Beach Pool

Inside the Heads (Sydney Harbour)

9 Jan

Little Manly Baths
Manly Cove Baths
Fairlight Baths
Balgowlah Baths
Clontarf Baths
Seaforth Baths
Northbridge Baths
Edwards Beach Rock Pool
Balmoral Baths
Chowder Bay Baths
McCallum Pool Cremorne Point
Manns Point Baths
Griffith Park Baths (Woodford Bay)
Woolwich Baths
Dawn Fraser Swimming Pool
Elizabeth Bay Baths
Blackburn Cove Baths
Nielson Park
Erika’s Crystal Baths
Parsley Bay
Watsons Bay Baths

Gymea Bay Baths

14 Dec

1070658_10151825562680739_1213774176_o Gymea Baths (Ellesmere Road, Gymea) are heritage listed.  This is a fab spot and a bit hard to find, which is a good thing as not to many people will know this is here.  I missed the entrance the first time.  You can drive down the drive way to the right of this sign post.  However, there are only a few car spots so if its a hot day you will probably need ‘to walk down the short (steep) drive way. Once you get to the bottom this is what you discover.  You can get to Gymea by train and then take the 974 bus (Veolia Transport) directly to the top of the drive way to the Baths.

1065776_10151825550415739_513556757_o A fab little private bay.1070859_10151825552545739_870159181_o

1065814_10151825550570739_814826831_o (1) I visited in the middle of July so the only ones swimming were these two dogs. If you are keen they run swimming races every Saturday morning between March and October.

1020990_10151825554580739_1846828139_o Great spot. 1066372_10151825553355739_1872741618_o

A bit of a walk up hill back to your car or the bus! 1058422_10151825554835739_1052489975_o

Gymea to Bondi

12 Dec

Gymea Bay Baths

Gunamatta Bay Bathes


Oak Park Rock Pool

Shelley Beach Rock Pool

Cronulla Tidal Pool

Cronulla Rock Pool

Malabar Pool

South Maroubra Rock Pool

Mahon Pool North Maroubra

Whylie Baths Coogee

Coogie Women & Children Only Rock Pool

Bronte Pool

Wally Weekes Pool North Bondi

Gunamatta Bay Bathes

12 Dec


Entry is at Gunamatta Park via Nicholson Parade, Cronulla.  These baths were originally built in 1915 and were then demolished and rebuilt to the current form in 1939.  The Park is directly behind Cronulla Station so very easy to access.  A bit exposed to the wind, the day I visited it was very windy and not that pleasant.




6 Dec

So I think I have found them all!  I used Google Earth, very good tool for this.  As there are a couple of distinct geographical markers I have divided the total number into three sections.

Cronulla to Bondi, Manly to Palm Beach, Sydney Harbour  inside the Heads.  South Head and North Head split the ocean side and I have basically zoomed around from inside the harbour from North Head to South Head.

There are different kinds of ‘pools’ which have made the list, rock pools, netted tidal baths, and baths enclosed in boardwalks.

I have counted 49 in total.  Stay tuned for the location list.


Hello world!

30 Nov

I’ve started this blog to share all of the rock pools and tidal pools found in Sydney.  A friend of mine said they didn’t know we had any!   There are over 60 of these delightful places to swim in Sydney.  So please watch this space as I provide information and personal experience from each unique and delightful ‘swim hole’ as I will be visiting each pool in no particular order or time frame.