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Bronte Ocean Pool

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by Telani Kumar (subscribe)
A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published March 15th 2016
Dive into this Bronte Beauty
A swim in the ocean always does a world of good. It leaves you feeling refreshed, healthier and happier. Really, there are a number of reasons why a regular splash won't go astray. One place I've recently grown fonder of for this is the Bronte Ocean Pool.

Ocean pools come to the rescue when your idea of relaxing is floating around rather than battling waves. Don't get me wrong, the latter can be fun too, but sometimes still waters are just right. I took a plunge in Bronte Pool the other day when Sydney was in the thirties (despite being autumn!), and as always, left feeling fresh with a lift in mood.

The pool, found on the southern end of Bronte Beach, was on the chilly side but once I worked up the courage to fall in off the edge I found the cool immersion beautifully refreshing. It's a spacious 30 metres in length and broad enough to give all swimmers room to do their thing, whether that be doing laps (my favourite way to get fit) or floating around to escape the heat.

On one side you'll find small rock caves you can swim beneath. Swim to the other side and you'll reach a ledge, beyond which you have a great view of the surf - and surfers, if that's your thing! Most of the pool is divvided up by a wooden post as a designated lap area. I didn't catch how deep this part is but everyone's feet seemed to be far from the bottom. The smaller part is much shallower and is great for those in it for pure leisure.

Despite being a Tuesday the pool was full of action. There were kids challenging each other to countless bombs into the water, tourists making themselves at home along surrounding rocks for the afternoon, and lots of friendly faces sharing the lane.

I hadn't realised how established Bronte Pool is. Turns out it's been a part of the local community since its opening in 1887. Local claims to fame include it first being leased to Harry Wylie, father of Olympic achiever Mina Wylie, and being the spot where the 'Australian crawl', otherwise known as freestyle, became well known.

We reached the pool via the scenic Bondi to Bronte walk - this extends to Coogee if you're up for it. You may also get here directly by bus from Bondi Junction, Central, and Rozelle. Parking may also be found - 1 hour for $5.80 on a meter or $15 for a day. Enjoy your time of rejuvenation at this stunning seaside spot.
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Why? Refreshing
When: Any day
Where: Bronte Beach
Cost: Free
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