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.
Above: Doing laps at sunrise in the Bermagui Blue Pool
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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.
Above: Swimmers and snorkellers in the Bermagui Blue Pool
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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:
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
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.
Bega Valley Shire Council
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.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the pool.
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