Bermagui Blue Pool
Bermagui, New South Wales, Australia

 
The Blue Pool is a spectacular (salt water) ocean pool in the sleepy seaside town of Bermagui on the New South Wales south coast. There are two pools - a small toddler pool and a larger main pool that is deep enough to swim laps in. The pool offers ringside views of the Pacific Ocean as it batters against the pool's protective rock wall. The pool fills from the ocean on high tide, when it can be too rough to swim in. Swimming in the Bermagui Blue Pool At low tide the pool can be serenely tranquil. I find the best time to swim here is at low tide on the morning after a hot day. At this time the seas are usually calm, the winds still, and the thermal energy stored in the bank of rock behind the pool takes the chill off the water so that it is much warmer than the ocean. Bring your snorkel and mask if you want to see some sea life in a reasonably safe environment. The toddler pool can sometimes be a bit stagnant.
The change rooms and toilets are at the car park at the top of the hill, and include a shower to wash off the salt. Theft from cars is known to happen here, so don't leave any valuables there.

If you arrive at high tide and the pool is unsafe for swimming, there is always the calmer, but less spectacular, Bruce Steer Pool just beside the harbour entrance in town.

Here is a video that I took when visiting the Blue Pool. I shot some of it at sunrise on a calm morning and some of it on a windy afternoon when the seas were a bit rougher.

Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Scenic Drive, Bermagui, 380 km (approx. 5 hrs 30 mins drive) south of Sydney and 250 km (approx. 3 hr 20 min drive) south east of Canberra.
Latitude:-36.429597 Longitude:150.083993
Getting there: The pool is up the hill, a few minutes east of the town centre, on Scenic Drive, which is accessible from either Lamont Street or Murrah Street. Bermagui is on Sapphire Coast Drive, which is the coastal road from Merimbula to Narooma.
Facilities: Toilets, change rooms, tables, car park, scenic lookout
Entrance fee: Not applicable
Water temperature: Cool
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Rubber step entry with sand/rock bottom
Maximum water depth: 1-2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Experienced
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No alcohol, no littering. At the time of visiting there were no signs prohibiting dogs.
Sun shade: No shade available in or out of the water
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: None
Accommodation Options: The Zane Grey Caravan Park is within walking distance of the Blue Pool. Alternatively, if you are staying overnight in the area you can try accommodation in Bermagui.
Managing authority: Bega Valley Shire Council
Nearby attractions: The Bermagui Gelati Clinic at the wharf for all your medicinal gelati needs
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information. Specific to this site, the managing authority advises swimmers not to enter the water during heavy seas. In 2016 part of the pool wall washed away in heavy seas (and has since been repaired), highlighting how powerful the ocean can be at these times.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the pool.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website. If you are visiting this swimming spot and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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