The Bruce Steer Pool is a gently sloping, sheltered beach next to the breakwater of the Bermagui harbour.
It is protected on one side by the headland and on the other by the stone breakwater, so that even when
it is windy in town, this little spot can be relatively calm. The pool itself is around 140 metres long for
extended lap swimming, at a depth of a few metres at the shark/stingray net at the far end.
Above: The shimmering waters of the Bruce Steer Pool in Bermagui
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The pool is popular with local swimmers when the nearby Bermagui Blue Pool
is howling a gale. It can also be an option if Horseshoe Bay has stingers. The pool is tidal, but
the flat slope into the water is suitable for kids to splash around in at both high and low tide. There is a 25 metre long beach with
several metres of sand above the water line for making sandcastles and running around on.
The handful of small trees at one end of the beach provide some shade, or bring a beach shelter if you are planning to
stay a while. The facilities here include a basic toilet block and shower (up the steps), and two picnic tables, but on my last
visit a master plan for the site was being mooted.
Above: The chain fence at the deep end of the Bruce Steer Pool
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Hazards at this site include the sharp rocks at the eastern end of the beach, so stay
away from them, particularly at low tide. There is a shark and stingray net at the end of the pool.
You can read all about Bruce and the role he played in the development of the Bermagui harbour at an information board on site.
Other Information Before You Go:
Bermagui Harbour, Bermagui
From Lamont Street in town, follow the road to the boat ramp on the eastern side of the harbour that runs
alongside the footy ground.
Toilets, showers, sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables, car spaces
Maximum water depth:
Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required:
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No dogs, no camping, no smoking, no fires.
Shade available under some small trees back from the edge of the beach, and some sheltered picnic tables.
Yes. A wheelchair ramp across the sand and down into the water was constructed in mid-2021. Toilets are wheelchair
accessible and there are parking spots for the disabled.
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.
Bega Valley Shire Council.
Bermagui Gelati Clinic for all your medicinal gelati needs, and the Blue Pool
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions. Specific to
this site, the managing authority advises that there is no lifeguard service, there is shallow water with submerged objects, and there
is uneven/slippery ground. Further, the managing authority advises that "use of this beach may be dangerous. Please take care for
your safety and for those in your care."
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