Swimming: Historical pools

McIvers Ladies Baths, CoogeeOf all the magnificent ocean pools in Sydney, this is my favourite. They are located under a cliff, on a rock platform.The baths have magnificent oceans views and are relatively well screened from the surrounding area. The baths were built in 1886, but according to the National Trust it has been a popular swimming spot for women since before 1876.The pool site may have been a traditional bathing place for Aboriginal women. 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 court challenge, it was granted an exemption under the Anti-Discrimination Act to continue operating for women, because of its particular importance for diverse groups.It’s relaxed, there is great sunbathing on the grass and rocks, and best of all the pool itself is great to swim in.

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