If you are like me and fancy a dip in the glittering waters of the Sunshine Coast but are not so keen on the idea of navigating the white water, sand in your togs and risk being dumped by a surprise rogue wave, then a plunge into a tranquil ocean bath might be just the solution you've been looking for.
Caloundra is fortunate to be blessed with its very own ocean pool - a public seawater pool which sits on the rocky surf coast of Kings Beach. You've probably seen the famous one in Bondi Beach. The Kings Beach pool is a bit of a jewel in the crown of the family-friendly surf side beach north of Brisbane. I took a stroll along the Kings Beach promenade one Sunday morning and came across the pool on the rocks at the northern end of the beach.
The Kings Beach ocean pool is a 25m, 6 lane, ocean water filled wonderland which has been named after Sir George Francis (Frank) Reuben Nicklin, former Queensland Premier from 1957 to 1968.
The pool is one of only 3 ocean pools in Queensland alongside others in Townsville and Wynnum foreshore. The Kings Beach facility has just undergone a facelift by the local council making it even more inviting and summer comes knocking. The pool attracts serious lap swimmers who follow the black lanes and families who can experience the ocean experience in a calm and gated facility.
The kids have their own swimming pool and wading area with disabled access. Look out for the lifeguard who supervisors the pool during summer.
Outdoor umbrellas and shade sails offer some protection from the harsh summer sun while taking in the spectacular views of the beach and Glass House Mountains. I could also see the sands of Stradbroke Island while I was there, although unfortunately, no whales bobbed out of the water. If you overlook the fence of the pool, you can also see the natural rock pool which may have some small marine life.
After finishing your swim, step out of the pool and the toilet and showers are right next door at The Pavillion, adjacent to the Mets Surf Club. Otherwise just lay your towel on the soft sand, splash on some sunscreen, grab your summer read and relax on the beach.
Council signs provide information of the rules of the pool and safety measures including access limitations (best to leave pups at home). The pool is open 7 days from 4:30 am and closes at 4:30 on Mondays and Thursdays for pool maintenance.