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The 13 Best Rock Pools in Illawarra – From Coalcliff to Kiama

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by Hadassa (subscribe)
A german entrepreneur living in on the South Coast of NSW, Australia. I am the mum of two adventurous girls and we love exploring! Passions: startups, building apps, knowledge sharing, travel etc. Check out www.hadassa.online and connect with me!
Published September 24th 2019
Let's go swimming without out sand in your pants
Do you love the smell of salty air, feeling the salt on your skin and love a swim without sand in your swimmers? Then you will love the rock pools that are sprinkled along the coast from Coalcliff to Kiama!

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Bulli Rock Pool - So calm


Just 45 minute south of Sydney you are spoilt for choice! Find some of the most beautiful and iconic rock pools on the South Coast. Enjoy ocean views and escarpment views at the same time!

Not only are they a perfect alternative to our beautiful beaches, but they are a safe and relaxing experience away from the surf for everyone!

Cut from shelves of rock and fed by the world's most beautiful ocean, they are a gift we and our children get to enjoy almost year-round (if you are brave).

We have checked out most of them for you already and I must say we love them for so many reasons. If you would like to know more details than provided here, please feel free to comment and I will respond to your questions etc. directly.

So, here is my list of the 13 Rock Pools for you (North-South):

1.) Coalcliff on Paterson Road:
Deep Pool & Kids Pool & Kids Playground
Facilities: Toilets/Showers

2.) Wombarra on Reef Road:
Facilities Toilets/Showers at Wombarra Beach

3.) Coledale on Cater Street:
Deep Pool & Kids Pool
Facilities not directly at the pool, Toilets at the RSL Club up the road, Coffee Shop close by too *Earth Walker and Mr & Mrs Smith*

4.) Austinmer on Lawrence Hargrave Drive:
Deep Pool & Kids Pool & Kids Playground
Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms & Coffee Shop and Restaurants across the street

5.) Bulli on Trinity Row/Farrell Road:
Deep Pool & Kids Pool & Kids Playground
Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms & Coffee Shop/ Restaurant

6.) Wonoona on Kurraba Road:
Deep Pool & Kids Pool & Kids Playground
Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms & Coffee Shop 750m away on Park Rd

7.) Towradgi on Towradgi Road:
Deep Pool & Kids Pool & Kids Playground
Facilities: Toilets at the Kids Playground & Lunch options at Towradgi Bowls Club

8.) North Wollongong, Continental Pool on Cliff Road Tramway
Deep Pool & Kids Pool
Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms

9.) Shellharbour Swimming Pools on Boollwarroo Parade
Deep Pool & Kids Pool
Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms/Picnic Table/ BBQ and Exercise Equipment

10.) Gerringong | Werri Beach Ourie Pools on Geering Street
Deep Pool & Kids Pool
Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms/Picnic Table

11.) Gerringong Boat Harbour Pool on Jupiter Street (near Cooke Park)
Deep Pool & Shallow Area for Kids
Facilities in the Park: Toilets/Kids Playground/Picnic Table

12.) Kiama Blowhole Point Rock Pool access from Harbour Road
Deep Pool & Shallow Area for Kids
Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms

13.) Kiama Continental Pool on Pheasant Point Drive
Olympic Pool
Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms & accessible for people with disabilities (I personally can't confirm this just yet, as I haven't been to this pool myself)

Please note that there are no lifeguard services available at the rock pools with the exception of the Continental Pool (Wollongong) and Shellharbour Swimming Pools. Also just be mindful, these are natural pools so you might come across some tiny fish or algae or seaweed occasionally.

Now all you have to do is to go out and explore! Let me know what you think of the pools. If you have any questions feel free to comment directly on this article.

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The Ocean Pool in Coal Cliff (photo credit @Destination Wollongong)

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Your Comment
I hadn't realised the rock pools were as common as this.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7178) 20 days ago
Great article, Hadassa!
by Elaine (score: 3|6661) 20 days ago
Therev are lifeguards at Austinmer on the beach so that is not accurte or very well researched. Also surely if you mention the continental baths you should mention the iconic rock pool next to it I suggest you revamp this article. You could also mention Thirroul and numerous others.
by tboot (score: 1|13) 15 days ago
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