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Woonona ocean pool shines in the limelight

The Woonona rock pool on a sunny summer morning, from the viewing platform above the pool.

History flows through North Gong rock pool

Wollongong’s Gentlemen’s Baths, which date back to the century: - ‘‘They built it 33 yards from one end to the other, so that three laps were just about 100 yards.

How's the serenity in Bulli rock pool?

A thin band of concrete and stainless steel is all that separates the flat sheet of Bulli tidal pool from the heaving Pacific Ocean.

Exhilaration is a swim in Austinmer ocean pool

For some, swimming in the Austinmer pools is a solo pursuit, a morning meditation between yourself, the water, and the stream of bubbles flowing from your mouth.

Coalcliff's marvellous gift from a century ago - rock pool

When it was suggested that some rock pools be reclaimed by the sea, the loudest voices of protest came from Coalcliff.

Daily dips at Bellambi rock pool

On very hot days at Bellambi rock pool, the swimmers don't disperse with the day's light.

Gerringong's his and her rock pools

The pool was designated ‘‘ladies only’’ – but there were times they had trouble keeping the men out.

Shellharbour rock pool part of Tony's life

Tony Speelman has been to war, raised a family, moved away from the Illawarra and returned.

Coledale jewel almost 100 and going strong - rock pools

When the tide is high, it’s easy to overlook the Coledale ocean pool.

Wombarra safe haven at ocean's edge - rock pools

When the sun beats down in the middle of the day, ocean pools are no longer just for the early-morning swimmers who turn up rain, hail or shine.

Marine life joins the pool crowd at Towradgi

After 20 years of swimming at Towradgi rock pool, Phil Murray's routine is entrenched.