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McIvers Ladies Baths

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by Brooke. A. R (subscribe)
Freelance writer from Sydney. Images are my own unless specified otherwise.
Published November 13th 2016
The only women's only ocean pool in Australia
McIver's baths are located on the south side of Coogee and are exclusively for women and children. You'll find them by following the esplanade halfway up the hill, just opposite the children's park.

For a measly 20 cents entry, you can laze about this seaside oasis from sunrise to sunset. The saltwater pool is shaded by the cliffs in the afternoon and is long enough to swim laps. You'll be able to spot little schools of fish if you bring goggles, just watch out for the crabs lurking near the steps as you enter.

There are plenty of change rooms and showers, but only one toilet. The baths are busiest on sunny weekends, so you may find it hard to get a spot to sun yourself, and the toilet line can get quite long. However, if you exit the baths there are public toilets 2 minutes up the hill. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the stunning ocean view from the large change-room window while you wait. You can even take a book from the communal shelf to read as you sunbake.

The baths are popular among lesbians, Muslims, nuns, young women and the elderly and there is a respectful community vibe. Nudity is not mandatory, however many women go fully nude or topless at these baths.

There is no kiosk, so make sure you bring snacks and a water bottle with you.
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Why? Swimming, sunbaking, free
When: Sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week
Phone: 1300 722 542
Where: McIvers Baths Coogee Beach
Cost: 20 cents
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Welcome to Weekend Notes, Brooke!
by Elaine (score: 3|7331) 1327 days ago
Great post, very helpful
by Amy (score: 1|51) 1327 days ago
I had no idea this women's only sea-pool existed, thanks for sharing Brooke!
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