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Published October 10th 2015
Free Ocean Pools on the Central Coast
I stumbled upon this little gem on a recent day trip to The Entrance, and I have to say I think these pools are quite beautiful. Surprisingly, these pools are the only ocean pools on the Central Coast.
The pools were first built in 1938 as rock pools. In 2003 the pool received heritage listing and a refurbishment project was undertaken. The baths were re-opened in 2005 by Premier Bob Carr, on his last day as Premier of New South Wales.
They are set in a truly stunning location and with free entry you really can't go wrong. The pools are manned by YMCA Lifeguards between 8:30am - 5.00pm seven days a week so you can be assured you will be safe!
The pools consist of three ocean baths - there is a 50 metre pool and two smaller pools. Disappointingly we did not come prepared to swim but we had a lovely time watching people of all ages and stages enjoying the pools. The 50 metre pool was being used by lap swimmers and relaxers, while the two smaller pools were great for kids (and adults) to just kick back and relax in.
There are also good facilities including change rooms and bathrooms and a canteen that sells coffee, drinks and snacks.
You can find the pools on Ocean Parade at the southern end of the beach between The Entrance Beach and Blue Bay. There is no direct access, however you can park at the Surf Club (located on Marine Parade) and walk along the sand (approximately 300m) or further up on Ocean Road look for a small 'Beach Pool' sign. Here you can access the pools via a lane way between two properties. We had no problem parking right out the front of the lane way.