Discover the Hidden Gems of New South Wales: Must-Swim Ocean Pools Along the South Coast

The picturesque southern coastline of New South Wales is a treasure trove of hand-crafted ocean pools, offering a serene swimming experience often only known to the locals. These pools, nestled amongst rocks and near golden beaches, are the perfect haven for everyone – from children taking their first swim to seasoned lap swimmers, or simply for those who prefer calmer waters on days when the ocean’s waves swell too high.

Embark on a journey south of Sydney and immerse yourself in the crystalline waters of the Illawarra region’s ocean pools. From the historic Nuns Pool beneath the Wollongong lighthouse to the artisan-crafted Blowhole Point Ocean Pool in Kiama, these aquatic sanctuaries are set against some of the most dramatic backdrops – rugged cliffs, expansive skies, and the untamed ocean. The Continental Ocean Pool in Kiama offers an Olympic-sized challenge for visitors, while Ourie Ocean Pool in Gerringong is a picturesque spot for a leisurely summer dip.

Venture further into the Shoalhaven region, where the Huskisson Sea Pool awaits after a fascinating tour of the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum. Explore Mollymook’s natural Bogey Hole and Ulladulla’s inviting ocean pool, each offering a unique coastal experience.

For those willing to travel the extra mile, the Sapphire Coast boasts the illustrious Blue Pool of Bermagui, an azure paradise for lap swimmers and a delightful wading pool for the little ones. The Aslings Beach Rock Pool in Eden, a hidden gem amongst the cliffs, provides a secluded spot for a refreshing swim at low tide, away from the hustle of the beach crowd.

Whether you’re seeking a secluded cove for a peaceful swim or an ocean-fed lap pool with a view, New South Wales’ South Coast ocean pools are a must-visit for swimmers and nature lovers alike. Join the locals in this cherished pastime and discover the secret aquatic oases dotted along this stunning stretch of Australia’s coastline.


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