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"A natural bath for women" Beaches Tip by marcia1

Beaches, Sydney: 73 reviews and 125 photos


Coogee Beach in Sydney is not the most touristy of beaches and is a nice, easy swimming beach. Regularly serviced by buses and has plenty of eateries in the area. There is a coastal cliff walk (cliff pictured) and at the southern end of the beach a park and ... A really cool natural pool hewn from the rock that is for women bathers only! (Sorry, guys.) It's called McIver's Baths or just the Coogee Women's Baths will get you there. Needless to say, it's salt water, it's sheltered, and a whole range of women use it. Even the odd little coloured anemone has colonised this pool so it'll really get you in touch with nature. There's a short, nice walk to get there with some plantlife to see, but I think accessibility for the disabled might be limited. There used to be a men's bath I think at the north end of the beach, run by an avant-garde masseuse dude in the 1930s, but this ain't there no more... However, anyone can still go and slosh around under the sea-spray in what remains of a "pool" there. That pool is very very natural in that the waves slosh right over the rocks and into it, and there's no signage or changing rooms as at the women's one.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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