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Bermagui Blue Pool
Bermagui, New South Wales

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 Above: Doing laps at sunrise in the Bermagui Blue Pool (Order this image)

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, and occasionally the main pool will choke with weed if seas have been calm in summer for a few weeks. 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. Swimming in the Bermagui Blue Pool Above: Swimmers and snorkellers in the Bermagui Blue Pool (Order this image)

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.

Other 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: If you are visiting Bermagui and want to stay near this swimming spot, you can try the following options. All distances below are by road, not as the crow flies, with the distance from the Reflections caravan park measured from the front entrance, which is the furthest point in the caravan park from the Blue Pool.
Nearby accommodation option:Distance from swim:
Bermagui Townhouse 400 m
Reflections Holiday Park 800 m
Scarlets by the Sea 900 m
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Managing authority: Bega Valley Shire Council
Nearby attractions: The Bermagui Gelati Clinic at the wharf for all your medicinal gelati needs or the nearby Bruce Steer pool.
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions. 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:
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