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Want to go swimming without sand everywhere? The best rock pools in the Illawarra

Updated: Feb 7

The 13 Best Rock Pools in Illawarra – From Coalcliff to Kiama!


We are truely spoilt for choice down here on the South Coast. So why not explore more than just your local beach/pool and take a tour of the beautiful Saltwater Sanctuaries of the Illawarra!


Find some of the most beautiful and iconic rock pools on the South Coast. Enjoy ocean views and escarpment views at the same time!



The beautiful Bulli rock pool on a very calm day!


Do you love the smell of salty air, feeling the salt on your skin and love a swim without sand in your swimmers? Then you will love the rock pools that are sprinkled along the coast from Coalcliff to Kiama!

Not only are they a perfect alternative to our beautiful beaches, but they are a safe and relaxing experience away from the surf. Cut from shelves of rock and fed by the world's most beautiful ocean, they are a gift we and our children get to enjoy almost year-round (if you are brave).


We have checked out most of them for you already and I must say we love them for so many reasons. If you would like to know more details than provided here, please feel free to comment and I will respond to your questions etc. directly.



The 13 rock pools for you in the Illawarra:


1.) Coalcliff on Paterson Road:

a. Deep Pool & Kids Pool & Kids Playground

b. Facilities: Toilets/Showers

c. Get Directions


2.) Wombarra on Reef Road:

a. Facilities Toilets/Showers at Wombarra Beach

b. Get Directions


3.) Coledale on Cater Street:

a. Deep Pool & Kids Pool

b. Facilities not directly at the pool, Toilets at the RSL Club, Coffee Shop close by too

c. Get Directions


4.) Austinmer on Lawrence Hargrave Drive:

a. Deep Pool & Kids Pool & Kids Playground

b. Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms/Coffee Shop &Restaurants

c. Get Directions


5.) Bulli on Trinity Row/Farrell Road:

a. Deep Pool & Kids Pool & Kids Playground

b. Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms & Coffee Shop/ Restaurant

c. Get Directions


6.) Wonoona on Kurraba Road:

a. Deep Pool & Kids Pool & Kids Playground

b. Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms & Coffee Shop 750m away on Park Rd

c. Get Directions


7.) Towradgi on Towradgi Road:

a. Deep Pool & Kids Pool & Kids Playground

b. Facilities: Toilets at the Kids Playground & Lunch options at Towradgi Bowls Club

c. Get Directions


8.) North Wollongong, Continental Pool on Cliff Road Tramway

a. Deep Pool & Kids Pool

b. Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms

c. Get Directions


9.) Shellharbour Swimming Pools on Boollwarroo Parade

a. Deep Pool & Kids Pool

b. Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms/Picnic Table/ BBQ /Exercise

Equipment

c. Get Directions


10.) Gerringong | Werri Beach Ourie Pools on Geering Street

a. Deep Pool & Kids Pool

b. Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms/Picnic Table

c. Get Directions


11.) Gerringong Boat Harbour Pool on Jupiter Street (near Cooke Park)

a. Deep Pool & Shallow Area for Kids

b. Facilities in the Park: Toilets/Kids Playground/Picnic Table

c. Get Directions


12.) Kiama Blowhole Point Rock Pool access from Harbour Road

a. Deep Pool & Shallow Area for Kids

b. Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms

c. Get Directions


13.) Kiama Continental Pool on Pheasant Point Drive

a. Olympic Pool

b. Facilities: Toilets/Showers/Change Rooms & accessible for people with disabilities

(I personally can’t confirm this just yet, as I haven’t been to this pool myself)

c. Get Directions


Please note that there are no lifeguard services available at the rock pools with the exception of the Continental Pool (Wollongong) and Shellharbour Swimming Pools. Also just be mindful, these are natural pools so you might come across some tiny fish or algae or seaweed occasionally.


Now all you have to do is to go out and explore! Let me know what you think of the stunning pools and scenery.



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