Twenty-five year old girl living in Yamba, NSW. I am in love with nature, music, food and animals so you'll see a lot of that here 🌿 See @chloeoliviad on Instagram for more photos from where I've adventured. 🚐⛰
Published October 31st 2016
Your own slice of tidal pool heaven in Woolwich
In the quiet little area of my suburb Woolwich there is so much to see and do. All it required was by just taking a quick walk through the neighbourhood and you can stumble on some gems. On the most recent walk, I found the Woolwich Baths. Not necessarily an unknown spot, but definitely a treat for the locals and Sydney-siders when the weather gets a bit warmer and our beaches become packed. Sydney has some pretty magnificent 'ocean swimming pools' and this one in particular, for its seclusion and view, is a must do this summer!
The view from the top on Woolwich Road
Woolwich Baths is a large tidal pool open to the public for FREE with the only exception being that dogs aren't allowed on the beach. But the many good attributes the baths possess is they exhibit a large open space of sand to sunbathe, jumping platforms for your excitement and to fully put your head under. So if you're like me and can sometimes take a bit to "warm up" to get in the water, the platform is perfect for you! My favourite thing though about this spot is that Woolwich Baths is a netted beach - so you can feel stress-free going in a bit deeper than normal in the harbour.
But if swimming isn't your forte and you just would like a day to explore this area, around the pools offers some pretty amazing walks with views of Sydney's harbour and rivers. There are also a couple picnic tables to kick back on a Sunday with the family with the bonus option of cooling off (if you wish it).
To get to the pools, I thought at first was very tricky. But with a bit of trial and error, I have two ways to get you to your destination. The first is travel along Woolwich Road (the main street of Woolwich), pass the pub and cafes until you reach Collingwood Street on your left hand side. You will head down a small slope where there is free parking available but there are limited stops. From here, travel a couple minutes along the boardwalk until you have reached the sign for 'Woolwich Baths'.
The alternative to getting to Woolwich Baths is to park on Woolwich Road opposite Margaret Street. You will see a clearly marked sign that says "Woolwich Baths" and the path is much shorter to get down to the pools but much steeper.
Even on a not so nice day, still a pretty place for a swim
At Woolwich Baths, there is clear signage around the whole beach to take care when swimming and be wise when it comes to children or young adults fooling around the water's edge. There are public restroom facilities and change rooms available at the Baths also.