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.
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:
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.
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.
Toilets, change rooms, tables, car park, scenic lookout
Rubber step entry with sand/rock bottom
Maximum water depth:
Minimum swimming proficiency required:
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No alcohol, no littering. At the time of visiting there
were no signs prohibiting dogs.
No shade available in or out of the water
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
Bega Valley Shire Council
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.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the pool.
Change of Conditions:
The Blue Pool was suffering from a mat of algae in early January 2018 and has been temporarily closed for swimming. Council usually rake
it away at some point after waiting to see whether it washes out to sea. If anyone notices that the pool is clear again,
let me know via the comment box.
I am not currently aware of any other 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.
If you would like to leave a comment about this swimming spot, please fill in the comment box below. I'm particularly interested in your
experiences after visiting, and any changes in swimming conditions. Make sure you let me know whether you
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