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The Brightside - Take the Cold Plunge - Ocean Pools of the Illawarra

The Brightside - Take the Cold Plunge - Ocean Pools of the Illawarra

The Brightside: Take the cold plunge into the ocean pools of the Illawarra.

Thanks to social media trends, you are probably all too familiar with the sight of cold bodies plunged into ice baths. You may also be aware of the many health benefits of taking the cold plunge, which include improved circulation, reduced inflammation, mood-boosting, stress relief, and increased metabolism.     

As we transition into the crisp embrace of winter, there is no better time to explore taking that cold dip outside in the beauty of nature. Our eastern coastline is blessed to have over 100 ocean pools. They are tranquil and beautiful community spaces where you can embrace the salty sea air and water whilst remaining in a sheltered swimming environment.  

 The abundance and popularity of these heritage pools is a phenomenon unique to our little corner of the globe. Let's dive into our favourite ocean pools to take the cold plunge in the Illawarra this autumn and winter:

1. Wombarra Ocean Pool

Nestled along the coast, Wombarra Ocean Pool is like a secret paradise waiting to be discovered. Picture yourself surrounded by rugged cliffs and the soothing sound of waves crashing against the rocks. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Plus, the views here are absolutely breathtaking!

2. Thirroul Ocean Pool

Just a short drive away, Thirroul Ocean Pool is where beach vibes meet laid-back charm. Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or just looking to dip your toes in the water, this pool has something for everyone. With its stunning backdrop of rolling hills and crystal-clear waters, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise with every stroke. Perfect for a morning spent with your little ones!

3. Coledale Ocean Pool

Looking for a little peace and quiet? Look no further than Coledale Ocean Pool. Tucked away amidst lush greenery, this hidden gem offers a tranquil escape from the chaos of city life. Take a leisurely swim, soak up the sun, or simply relax and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you. Trust us, you won’t want to leave!

4. Wollongong Continental Pool

For a dose of seaside swim, head over to Wollongong Ocean Pool. With its wide-open spaces and panoramic views of the coastline, it’s the perfect spot for a family day out or a chilled hang with friends. Take a walk down the blue mile and enjoy the laid-back vibes of Wollongong. Known to locals as “the son”, there’s no wrong way to enjoy this coastal gem!

5. Port Kembla Pool

Don’t forget to check out Port Kembla Pool for a unique coastal swimming experience. With its stunning views of the ocean and laid-back atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot to soak up the autumn sun and enjoy a refreshing dip in the water. Take some lunch and perch on the green hill to enjoy a bite to eat with your little ones whilst admiring the views. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, Port Kembla Pool is a must-visit destination for any ocean enthusiast.

6. Austinmer Ocean Pool

Last but not least, we have Austinmer Ocean Pool – a true hidden treasure along the shores of Austinmer. Surrounded by golden sands and swaying palm trees, this little slice of paradise is the perfect place to unwind and recharge. So grab your towel, slather on some sunscreen, and get ready to make some unforgettable memories by the sea!

Shop Banabae for your next ocean dip:

Rad Kid Beach Club Hooded Organic Cotton Towel
Banabae Organic Cotton Twill Cap - Washed Stone
Lola Stripe Floral Organic Cotton Beach Bag
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