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Published September 24th 2022
One of South Australia's ocean pools, in the heart of town
This coastal town is located on the lower Eyre Peninsula, 646 km by road from Adelaide, on the shore of Boston Bay, which opens into the Spencer Gulf. Port Lincoln is mostly known for its seafood industry and national park. It is also a popular holiday destination for domestic and international tourists, which is no surprise given the amount of nature immersive activities, delicious seafood and crystal clear waters. But Port Lincoln is also home to one of South Australia's ocean pools.
Port Lincoln swimming enclosure.
You may also know these as tidal pools, seawater pool or ocean swimming enclosure. The only difference is a tidal pool, as its name suggests has a varying water level as it follows the tide, they are usually located very close or at the coast. Ocean pools or swimming enclosures have a more constant water level as they are usually located further into the sea (you access them through a walking platform or jetty). Both types are, of course, filled naturally with sea water and often too they host a variety of small sea creatures.
Views from the pontoon.
What is so special about ocean pools?
Essentially, you are swimming in the ocean, so you can avoid chlorinated water altogether. For those who are wary of dangerous sea creatures, you can swim without fearing what may be lurking underneath but still enjoy the benefits of ocean swimming. Many ocean pools have nearby structures which also act as wave breakers, making it a lot easier to do lap swimming or enjoy a leisurely dip.
Port Lincoln swimming enclosure The swimming enclosure in Port Lincoln is free to enter and you can come and go as many times as desired. It is located right in the middle of town, only a few steps away from the main street, where you can also find plenty of cafes, pubs and local stores. Right at the start of the jetty, you can find a toilet, change room and shower facilities, also there are large lawn areas with shaded spots, BBQ facilities, playgrounds and a long coastal walking track.
The pool is 16 metres wide and is surrounded by a 2 metre wide floating platform or pontoon, attached to the main jetty. Both these features make it a very pleasant spacious swimming space and offer you a dry place to leave your belongings while you swim. The pool has strong netting all around the perimeter.
Many locals head to the pool for exercise or a casual catch up, as a tourist, you might find it amusing to duck your head in the water to see a variety of tiny fish swimming around you. The pool offers access through ramps, steps and ladders.
Sunset at the ocean pool.
Please check the weather forecast and take necessary precaution, also you might find it more pleasant to swim in spring and summer as the pool is not artificially heated in any way.