Monday, 25 September 2006

McIvers Baths, Coogee

McIvers Baths is under a cliff face, on a rock platform between Coogee Beach and Wylies Baths. The baths have magnificent oceans views and are relatively well screened from the surrounding area. (I took the shot from inside.)The baths were built in 1886, but accordign to the National Trust it has been a popular swimming spot for women since before 1876.This pool (entrance donation 20 cents) is popular with nuns, Muslim women, lesbians, and elderly women (well women of all ages, really). In 1995, after a challenge int he courts, it was granted an exemption under the Anti-Discrimination Act to continue operating as women-only.

Category: Public - Women and Children only.
Information: 20 cents entry. Swimmers Guide


Chris said...

I have posted a link to this page on my blog ( I hope you won't mind. My blog is basically about swimming in each of the many ocean pools and tidal baths around the Sydney coast. Being a chap, I'm (quite rightly) unable to post a description of the Ladies Baths. I enjoyed your description and your photos are excellent, so I've pointed readers in this direction. If you have any objections, please let me know and I'll remove the link. Cheers, Chris.

Emilia Terzon said...

do you have any idea how i could contact somebody involved in the maintainence or running of the baths? i'm a journalist looking to interview a regular user of the women's baths for a radio piece...
my email is if you have any leads!