Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Sally and Darelle's Swimming Adventures. Ramsgate and Dolls Point. 18 Jan 2017

On a windy afternoon, we set off to test the waters of Botany Bay in the south of Sydney. The water was really warm, and clear, so we had no trouble immersing ourselves. There have been king tides lately, so the water was right up to the wall in the swimming enclosure so we chose to swim outside.

There's a cafe/restaurant right at the baths, plentiful picnic facilities, shade from Norfolk Island pines and casuarinas, and further down towards Dolls Point, there's a couple more cafes.

A VERY windy afternoon

Windy day video
I've never seen the beach completely covered with water, but Darelle reminded me it is the season of king tides

Obligatory selfie...and then we swam for quite some time

Jet skis are common in the bay, much to the annoyance of a lot of people. Some jetskiers seem oblivious to other people. and do seem to set out to irritate and intimidate. This fellow was not hooning around when we saw him, and very slowly brought his vehicle up to the beach. 

Looking south from where we swam, towards Dolls Point

A bike track goes all the way along the bay from up near the airport at Kyeemagh, to Dolls Point and Captain Cook Bridge. 

Plenty of picnic shelters, grass and shade. There are also pretty good toilet facilities all the way along the shore. On crowded days there IS a lot of rubbish left behind, but there are also plenty of bins. Some people are just litterbugs and idiots! Today it was all very clean. 

On to Dolls Point where we had refreshments (no pic). This used to be a swimming enclosure, but it seems that the sand has conquered the baths for the while. 

I was quite surprised that mt local Council was telling me to "fear everything" !!!

Here's what we are meant to fear : boating traffic, slippery surfaces, submerged rocks, sudden drop off deep water, recreational craft, strong currents, large waves and sharks. 

I think the sign may well need repair! 

We certainly weren't going to be swimming left OR right of the sign today! Unless sand swimming is a thing. 

Lots of free council-provided barbeques (and bins) 

Some people prefer to bring their own charcoal barbeques, and in the past piles of hot charcoal left behind has been a bone of contention. So now there are charcoal bins as well. 
This pile of charcoal was about 20 metres from the bin....the people who left this just couldn't be bothered...

Impressive murals on this toilet block at Dolls Point

The mosiacist-muralist

Playgrounds are also plentiful along the foreshore parks.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Darelle and Sally's Swimming Adventures: Malabar Rock Pool; Mahon Pool, Maroubra, 7 Dec

Sally has been here once here....
We arrived just as high tide was approaching. Sadly, the pool had a fair bit of rubbish in it, and what 
appeared to be algae. It wasn't very enticing, so we declined a swim. We moved on to the beach, which is at the head of Long Bay. Sadly, probably due to storms and heavy rain over the past few days, there was a fair bit of rubbish on the beach, as well as bluebottles. 

So, then we headed over to the pool where the idea for our adventures was born on New Years Day, 2016: Mahon Pool at Maroubra. here. 

High tide started spilling water into the pool. We met a woman who said she had never seen the water level so low. It says that the water level when full is 1.4 m. Today it was lucky to be 40 cm. On my previous post it was full. click here. 

Video of the water coming in 

Last time I was here (April 2009), there were no cafes nearby - had to go up to Anzac Parade. As a decent cafe for a pre-sswim coffee is one of our judging criteria, we are pleased to be able to report that Beach Cafe was really good. We sat outside with a view of the ocean )and the sewerage treatment works at the north end of the beach. 

Malabar beach. The bay is Long Bay. Very pretty view. We saw some divers. Apparently it is also a popular snorkelling site. 

From the beach looking southeast. The rock pool is about half way along.

Paul the paddle boarder told me that Malabar is a great place for paddle-boarding. 

Paul is up and off

We were quiet taken with Fido in the front yard of a house along the way to the pool. 

We wondered just how long it will be before some bright spark out to make a development buck decides that a fancy schmancy marina needs to be built here. 

You have been warned! That's the sewerage treatment works across the bay. An outfall carrying abattoir waste from Homebush was built in 1916. By the 1970s the pool and bay were declared off-limits due to pollution from what was by now a sewerage outfall. In the early 1990s a deep ocean outfall was constructed, emptying 4.2 kms offshore. It's still horrible that Sydney tips its only partially treated sewerage into the ocean.  

There's the pool. 

Local schools requested that the pool be re-opened after Malabar became clean again (monitoring shows that it is), and funds were promised by the Premier, and local MP, Bob Carr. He "cut the ribbon" for reopening in 1997. 

There are both stairs and a ramp in. Three sets of stairs. 

There's a shower by the pool. The nearest toilets (and more showers) are in a modern facility in the park behind the beach. No hand soap! Toilets very clean. 

Hooks in the rock face on which to hang your stuff. 

Back at the beach, we discovered a paddleboard school was about to begin. 

And to Mahon Pool 

Surely a contender for the Best View Enjoyed By A Toilet Block Award

Top marks for a soap dispenser. And a tiny hand basin!