Friday, October 09, 2020

Mahon Pool 🏊‍♀️ 🏊‍♂️

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 Mahon Pool, Sydney

Mahon Pool is set behind Jack Vanny Reserve at the northern end of Maroubra Beach. Maroubra is the Aboriginal name for “place of thunder”, an accurate description of the strength of the south swells that crash into the ocean pool in stormier weather.

Mahon Pool is exposed to the elements, but can be a calm oasis of clear blue-green waters when conditions are right. You may want to wear swim shoes, as this natural pool collects fish and spiky sea urchins. As such it’s a better pool for laps than lazing, but you can catch your breath and soak up some sunshine on the surrounding dramatic outcrops. Brave locals swim laps here all year round.

Maroubra’s reputation is as a surfing hotspot, its golden sands and serious swells spawning an infamous surfing subculture, but it’s this charming rock pool a short walk from the northern end of the beach which beckons the city-frazzled swimmer.

Mahon ocean pool Sydney

Like others that dot the coast of Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Mahon pool is sandwiched between the Sydney sandstone and the sea. But because of its location several beaches south of the tourist-bustle of Bondi and Coogee, there’s an extra degree of relaxation down here.

Mahon pool, Maroubra

Mahon Ocean Pool

Maroubra, NSW, Australia

Shhh, we’re about to make Maroubra residents very unhappy by revealing this secret. Close to some of Sydney’s busiest beaches, Mahon Pool has managed to remain mostly unknown to ‘outsiders’, making it a favourite spot for locals to enjoy a quiet swim. Tucked behind Jack Vanny Reserve at the northern end of Maroubra Beach, Mahon Pool is hidden from the busy signs of city life and exposed to the elements, opening out across the yawning ocean. Wider than most ocean pools, it’s a perfect spot to swim laps while small fish dart about underneath you. As you sink into the blue-green waters you can look up at the jagged rocky crags that protrude the dark rich cliff face, gaze out across the open water or look back to the wide expanse of Maroubra Beach – it’s a spectacular view whichever way you face. When the surf gets big, this pool really turns into a washing machine, so check weather conditions and be extra careful when swimming with kids.

I love an ocean pool, and I know it’s not hidden or off the beaten track, but joining the throngs of people holding onto the rope as the waves crash over the edge of Bronte pool – is there anything better? The excited ahhhhhs and the wallop of deliciously cool water gets me every time. Mahon Pool, which isn’t too far from Maroubra beach, is pretty great too. (Go early so you can catch a spot in the shade.) And then there are the glorious harbour beaches. Camp Cove in Watsons Bay is my go-to, but you could also easily pick Store Beach in Manly. Pack a picnic, find a spot under a tree and settle in for a day of floating interspersed by napping.

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