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

Sunday, 24 September 2006

Malvern Baths / Harold Holt Memorial Swim Centre

Malvern Baths, where I learned to swim (and dive from the board). A beautiful Art deco pool surrounds built in 1927. Times change, and as you can se below, in the 1960s it was re-developed. The building, now classified by the National Trust, is considered to be among the most notable examples of Brutalist architecture, a style adopted in the 1960s. Which means it is incredibly ugly! But the pool itself is great.

Malvern Baths 1927

Malvern Baths 1927

Malvern Baths opened November 1927

In the late 1960s, Malvern Baths were re-developed at the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Pool. The new pool was to be named the City of Malvern Olympic Swimming Centre, however following the tragic death at sea in December 1967 of Malvern's local member and Prime Minister of Australia, the new pool was named the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre. The Centre was opened by the Prime Minister, John Gorton in March 1969.
More of the history can be read here.
Category: Public.
Link for information: Swimmers Guide

Malvern Baths / Harold Holt Swimming Centre 2

October 2006

The 'modern brutalist' concrete building is heritage listed.

Indoor 25 m pool and kids' pool

Hydrotherapy pool

The diving pool is currently closed because the spiral ladder does not meet safety requirements

Hours: Mon-Thur:5.45am-8.45pm; Fri:5.45am-7.45pm; Sat: 6am-6.45pm; Sun: 7am-6.45pm; closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

General Entry:
Adult General Entry: $4.60
Adult Concession General Entry: $3.80
Child General Entry: $3.60
Student General Entry: $3.80
Family General Entry: $13.00
Swim/Spa/Sauna: $8.00
Swim/Spa/Sauna Concession: $7.00
Non Swimming Supervisor/Spectator: $1.80

Saturday, 23 September 2006

Medina Executive

22 -23 September 2006
I stayed here recently while organising a conference in downtown Sydney, and really enjoyed being able to unwind in the pool afterwards, and have an invigorating early morning swim. The worst part is that being a 'recreational' rather than real lap pool, conditions get pretty choppy in that tub and you can make yourself a bit 'seasick' when swimming up and down.
Really pretty setting right near Central Station, with all the traffic of Broadway/George St metres away.
Category: private. Hotel guests only. 7am- 9pm.

Wylie's Baths, Coogee

In the early 1900s, swimming pools were built hewn from rock platforms and below many of the rocky headlands of Sydney beaches around Sydney (and beaches to the north and south of Sydney). They remain popular today, many hosting winter swimming clubs.

Wylie's Baths at Coogee date from 1907 and were restored in 1994-95 (the website linked here has some interesting info and images)

Category: Public
Link for information: Swimmers Guide