Mahon Ocean Pool

Maroubra, NSW, Australia

Shhh, we’re about to make Maroubra residents very unhappy by revealing this secret. Close to some of Sydney’s busiest beaches, Mahon Pool has managed to remain mostly unknown to ‘outsiders’, making it a favourite spot for locals to enjoy a quiet swim. Tucked behind Jack Vanny Reserve at the northern end of Maroubra Beach, Mahon Pool is hidden from the busy signs of city life and exposed to the elements, opening out across the yawning ocean. Wider than most ocean pools, it’s a perfect spot to swim laps while small fish dart about underneath you. As you sink into the blue-green waters you can look up at the jagged rocky crags that protrude the dark rich cliff face, gaze out across the open water or look back to the wide expanse of Maroubra Beach – it’s a spectacular view whichever way you face. When the surf gets big, this pool really turns into a washing machine, so check weather conditions and be extra careful when swimming with kids.

How To Get There: If coming from the city, the 376 or 377 bus services will take you to Maroubra Beach – Mahon Pool is about 100m from the Torrington Rd near Marine Parade bus stop. Alternatively, you can park in Marine Parade carpark and or walk down from Malabar Road to Jack Vanny Reserve. It’s a short walk down the cliffside steps to Mahon Pool.

Difficulty of Access: 3/10 It’s just a simple stroll down the path from the park. The steps are quite steep, but have handrails.

Opening Times/Seasons: Open all year round. Take care during storms as rough surf can be dangerous.

Entrance Fee: Free.

Facilities Nearby: Toilets, showers, change rooms, and free parking on Marine Parade.

Other Activities: Ocean swimming or surfing at nearby Maroubra Beach. Jack Vanny Reserve above the pool is a great spot for picnics. You can also walk along the coastline to Bondi Beach from here if you have a few hours to spare.

Other Places of Interest Nearby: A short walk south of the pool, Maroubra Beach has an outdoor gym, skate park, shops and free barbecues close to the South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club. Heffron Park on Bunnerong Road is one of the largest recreational parks in the area and has tennis courts, children’s playgrounds, a cycle track and a leisure centre.

Wildlife: Look out for different fish and sea urchins brought into the pool after big surf.

Places to Eat: There’s plenty on offer down by Maroubra Beach. The Pavilion Beachfront serves breakfast and lunch looking out across the beach. Head to Chalk Espresso Bar for great coffee or El Toro Tapas E Pizza Bar for Mediterranean-influenced dining.

Where to Camp: Although there are no campsites in the immediate area, you can find a number of caravan parks around Sydney’s southern beaches. Sheralee Caravan Park in Rockdale is a 20-minute drive from Maroubra.

Other Places to Stay: The Sands Motel Hotel has simple low-key stays with an attached bistro. You may not find as many private stays at Maroubra as other beaches but there are some available. An apartment within 500 metres of the beach will cost you $150-$250 a night.

Nearby Towns: Maroubra, Botany, Coogee, Bondi.

Other Swimming Spots Nearby: Maroubra Beach, Ivor Rowe Rockpool, Lurline Bay, Wylie’s Baths, Coogee Beach, Long Bay.

Comments: If you want to escape the popular spots and experience Sydney’s wild side, then take a splash here.

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