Ross Jones Memorial Ocean Pool
Coogee, NSW, Australia
Take a dip in a piece of Australian history. Built in 1947, the Ross Jones Memorial Pool at the south end of Coogee Beach maintains its old-style charm. Two adjacent rectangular pools boast beautiful design, jutting out geometrically from a curved rockface. Castle-like turrets emerge from the water along the concrete pool walls, the ocean crashing against them at high tide in an Instagram-worthy display. Early mornings see exercise enthusiasts swimming laps before the family crowds descend to splash and play. While Coogee has developed and grown into a bustling hub over the years, the Ross Jones Memorial Pool remains timeless, a reminder of the suburb as it once was.
How To Get There: Ross Jones Memorial Pool sits at the southern end of Coogee Beach right under the Surf Life Saving Club. The beach can easily be reached by car or by numerous bus services from the city. You can walk down the long beach-side promenade or on the walkaway above the park. If you park on Carr Street at the southern end of the beach, it’s a short stroll around the corner and down the zigzag steps.
Difficulty of Access: 1/10 This council-operated pool is well maintained and easy to access by steps from the street and into the pool. There are railings alongside all the steps.
Opening Times/Seasons: The pool is accessible all year round at any time.
Entrance Fee: Free.
Facilities Nearby: Toilets, cafés, picnic area, changing rooms, showers.
Other Activities: Fishing, surfing, walking and dining.
Other Places of Interest Nearby: The pool is located right on Coogee Beach, one of Sydney’s most popular spots. The Coogee Beach Park (to the north) and Grant Reserve (to the south) are great spots for a barbecue. You can also go on the Bondi to Coogee walk, which has spectacular views of the ocean, taking you past some of the city’s best-loved beaches over the course of a couple of hours. Look out for the famous Sculptures by the Sea exhibition in the last week of October and the first week of November.
Wildlife: If you’re lucky, you may spot dolphins or migrating whales between April and December.
Places to Eat: Behind the beach-side promenade is a row of family-friendly dining options from McDonalds at the north end, large beachfront cafes in the middle and tucked-away coffee shops to the south. For a pub meal or a beer in the sunshine, the huge Coogee Bay Hotel is a popular option, while small bar/restaurant Little Jack Horner Bar offers a more intimate experience. Coogee Pavilion impresses with woodfired pizzas, gourmet burgers and fresh seafood, and also has a grown-ups-only rooftop bar with wrap-around views across the ocean. Our pick for best coffee is Square Peg near the corner of the park on Arden Street.
Where to Camp: As this is not far from the centre of Sydney, there are no nearby places to camp.
Other Places to Stay: The Coogee Sands Hotel and Coogee Bay Hotel both offer reasonable rates for three- and four-star accommodation. You’ll find plenty of private accommodation available online, many within 100m of the beach. A two-bedroom stay in an apartment close to the beach will cost between $150 and $300 depending on the time of year.
Nearby Towns: Coogee, Clovelly, Randwick.
Comments: While Coogee has changed and grown around it, this historic pool remains a timeless place to paddle alongside one of Sydney’s favourite beaches.
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