Sydney coastline and harbour has a series of beautiful rock pools that have been cut into the base of cliffs and rocky headlands. Nearly every Sydney beach has one ocean pool which is usually located in the Southern end, to give swimmers some protection when the southerly winds bring cold and big seas. They come in all shapes and sizes and each pool has its own colourful history – from being carved by the convicts to the rich and famous of the 70’s.

The pools are not peculiar to Sydney, but they are an intrinsic part of the coastal heritage and contemporary community hub.

Frequent a pool for a few days and you will see a series of patterns: the early risers doing laps, the dawdlers adjusting their caps, the families arriving.

Rock pools definitely accommodate many rituals, not just the ebb and flow of the tides.



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