Rock pools dot Sydney beaches from Palm Beach to Cronulla and in its harbor – and have long been beloved spots of recreation for swimmers of all kinds, from lap swimming grandmothers in floral bathing caps to skylarking teenagers. There are 30 between Palm Beach and Cronulla alone and 40 harbour pools to be found there; one such pool stands out at Bronte Beach where Australian Olympic swimmer Alick Wickham first introduced his revolutionary “crawl” stroke in 1901.
Shelly Beach Pool can be found along the Cabbage Tree Bay Eco Sculpture Walk on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, accessible via a promenade connecting Manly and Shelly beaches. Dating back to 1929, this sheltered and safe pool is popular with families; furthermore, its bronze Sea Nymphs sculpture pays homage to Australia’s aquatic creatures.
Manly is only 30 minutes by ferry ride from Sydney’s central business district, yet feels worlds away. This seaside suburb embodies holiday vibes year-round thanks to its bronze sculptures protected from waves, views of Fairy Bower surf break and Shelly Beach and Fairy Bower pools, both tucked into rock pools perfect for families.
Manly’s Fairy Bower Pool may be an idyllic location, but the legendary Manly Surf Lifesaving Club has long been at the forefront of saving lives in the water since 1907. Their history includes participation in rescue missions during World War II as well as teaching children how to swim and surf safely today.
Manly’s Fairy Bower Pool not only offers fun for all members of the family, but it also provides stunning ocean views from northern beaches. These views are enhanced by lush greenery that houses abundant birdlife and flowering native plants surrounding it – providing the perfect setting for bird watchers and snorkelers to admire the abundant marine life found nearby.
Alongside its stunning natural beauty, the beach boasts several special features that have earned it its status as one of the world’s most picturesque beaches. Whale migration during winter months isn’t uncommon here and surfers of all abilities can find conditions suitable for surfing here as well as ample shade from nearby trees for sunbathing and sunbathing opportunities on its sandy shoreline. Furthermore, water conditions tend to be very calm and clear and offer opportunities for boating and fishing activities in nearby bays making this beach an excellent spot for an enjoyable day out on the water!