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Must swim ocean pools of the South Coast

Blue Pool, BermaguiCREDIT: Destination NSW

The scenic Blue Pool on the Bermagui coastline.

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Must swim ocean pools
of the South Coast

Blue Pool, Bermagui CREDIT: Destination NSW

The scenic Blue Pool on the Bermagui coastline.

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You’ll find most of Australia’s ocean pools dotted along the coastline of New South Wales. These man-made pools fed by the ocean’s waves are often built into the rocks near popular sandy beaches, but some are hidden away along the coastline and enjoyed mostly by locals. These pools are great for kids still learning how to swim, for doing some serious laps, and for taking a dip on those occasional days when the waves on the beach are a little too big for comfort. Here’s where to find an ocean pool along the coast stretching south of Sydney. 

In the Illawarra 

You’ll find a dozen spectacular ocean pools in the Illawarra area, from south of the Royal National Park all the way through to the popular seaside town of Kiama. These include lovely examples at Coledale, Bulli, Towradgi, Port Kembla and North Wollongong. Take the road through the Royal National Park to Stanwell Park and onto Coalcliff Beach, where the pool is set against a dramatic backdrop of cliffs and escarpments. Local legend has it that miners working in the region blasted out the rock pool themselves using dynamite they snuck out of the mines in their pockets. 

The Nuns Pool, at Flagstaff Point in Wollongong, is one of the oldest in the state, dating to the 1830s. (The title of oldest ocean pool goes to the Bogey Hole in Newcastle, north of Sydney. It was built by convicts in 1819.) Located below the lighthouse, the pool sits in a small sheltered cove and is accessed via a narrow path chiselled into the sandstone rock.  

Further south at Kiama, the Blow Hole Point Baths offer a safe swimming spot near the area’s famous Blow Hole on a headland near the town centre. A popular bathing place from the 1880s, this pool has been cut into the surrounding rocks, leading to its irregular shape and natural charm. You can also take the 15-minute walk around Kiama Harbour from the Blow Hole to Black Beach Reserve. Here you can do 50-metre laps in the Olympic-size Continental Ocean Pool. 

A 15-minute drive south of Kiama, you’ll find the tiny coastal town of Gerringong. Head down to Gerringong’s Werri Beach for a swim at Ourie Ocean Pool, at the southern end of the beach. This irregularly shaped pool carved into a flat rock shelf is the perfect place to splash about on a summer’s day. 

Bulli Rockpool, Bulli CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun setting over Bulli Rockpool, Bulli.

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Bulli Rockpool, Bulli CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun setting over Bulli Rockpool, Bulli.

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Ourie Pool, Gerringong CREDIT: Destination NSW

Scenic aerial over Ourie Pool off Werri Beach, Gerringong.

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Ourie Pool, Gerringong CREDIT: Destination NSW

Scenic aerial over Ourie Pool off Werri Beach, Gerringong.

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From the Illawarra to the Shoalhaven 

An hour drive further south into the Shoalhaven region, seek out Huskisson Sea Pool at Huskisson. This coastal town has a rich shipbuilding heritage, which you can explore at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum & Gallery after your swim. You’ll find the South Coast’s own Bogey Hole, a natural rock pool, on the headland to the south of the 2km-long beach at Mollymook, a 45-minute drive south of Huskisson. And there’s also a lovely ocean pool at Ulladulla., a five-minute drive further down the coast from Mollymook. 

The Blue Pool, Bermagui 

One of the famous ocean pools in the state is found at Bermagui, a 5.5-hour drive from Sydney on the Sapphire Coast. The Blue Pool is named for its ability to reflect the overhead blue skies. A carved pool set into the rock face, it’s continually washed with clean, clear ocean water. The pool is also home to a thriving marine colony, with fish, crabs, snails and nudibranchs all coexisting happily with swimmers and snorkellers. 

Aslings Beach Rock Pool, Eden 

One of the southernmost ocean pools on the NSW coastline is a hidden gem built up against a rocky outcrop at Aslings Beach in Eden, a six-hour drive from Sydney. It’s only a short walk from the centre of this former whaling town, but its low profile makes it hard to spot from further down the beach. Make your way over the rocks from Aslings Beach and take a dip at low tide before the waves have a chance to deposit a daily influx of seaweed into this low-lying enclosure.

Aslings Beach Rock Pool, Eden CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aerial overlooking Aslings Beach Rock Pool in Eden.

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Aslings Beach Rock Pool, Eden CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aerial overlooking Aslings Beach Rock Pool in Eden.

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Blue Pool, Bermagui CREDIT: Destination NSW

The picturesque Blue Pool situated along the Bermagui coastline.

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Blue Pool, Bermagui CREDIT: Destination NSW

The picturesque Blue Pool situated along the Bermagui coastline.

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