Wylie’s Baths – A seaside pool at Coogee Beach

A hot start to December! Anyone fancy a dip?

This is a photo of a great place for it. This is Wylie’s Baths, located beneath the southern headland of Coogee beach.

Wylie’s baths were established in 1907 coinciding with Sydney’s emerging interest in seaside pools at the turn of the century and was reportedly the venue for Australia’s first swimming championship. It was also one of the first mixed gender pools in Australia.

They are named after the man who first established the pools named Henry Alexander Wylie. Henry was a champion long distance and underwater swimmer. Henry also had a famous daughter named Wilhelmina (or “Mina”) who was one of the first female Australia Olympic swimming representatives. Along with her friend Fanny Durack, Fanny and Mina took Gold and Silver respectively in the 100m freestyle at the 1912 Stockholm summer Olympics.

The pools are some of the last remaining of their kind and have survived strong high tides and wild storm damage. They have been known as Sunset Pool (1959 to 1978) and are classified by the National Trust of Australia.

A very nice place for a coffee and/or a dip in Summer!

Note: I try to be as accurate as possible but can’t guarantee. Use this information at your own risk!

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Sources:

http://www.wylies.com.au/history.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mina_Wylie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wylie%27s_Baths

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