Ocean pools are quintessentially Australian, scattered primarily along the east coast and often boasting azure blue water amid stunning landscapes.
These pools provide the perfect place to take a dip, swim laps, and shelter from rough seas and of course those unwanted sea creatures.
In this edition of our best ocean pool series, we take a look at the best ocean pools in Victoria that you’ll want to add to your bucket list.
Cape Paterson Rockpool
Cape Paterson Rockpool was built on the Cape Paterson Bay Beach rock platform in 1960.
This rockpool pool is a beautiful tranquil spot surrounded by turquoise waters making it the perfect place for a leisurely swim or even a snorkel to look at the stunning marine life below.
It is located adjacent to a long sandy beach meaning you can sunbathe, read a book or just take in the beauty of the ocean while listening to the sound of crashing waves after you finish your swim.
Eastern Beach Ocean Pool
The Eastern Beach Ocean Pool originally built in the 1930s is located in central Geelong, about a one hour drive from Melbourne.
This ocean pool has plenty of room to swim laps across the bay whilst the kids or family play in the shallow water.
There is also a huge diving tower, smaller diving boards, floating islands and slides located on one side of the pool, making for a bit of fun after you get your kilometres in for the day.
After you finish your swim, take a walk on the boardwalk located around the ocean pool. This is a great way to see the pool from a different perspective and look out to the sea.
The Brighton Baths have been an iconic location in Melbourne for over 138 years and is Victoria’s only 50m open water swimming pool.
The Baths sure do have some history etched into them surviving two world wars and outlasting thirty of our Prime Ministers.
Swimming at the Baths is a breeze, take your pick from swimming close to shore in the open water or swim a little further out and swim in the designated 50m lanes.
If you decide to head to the Brighton Baths for a swim in the cooler months you might even run into the famous ‘Brighton Icebergers’ who have been battling the icy cold waters of the bay since 1881.
In this episode of OceanFit’s ONSHORE Podcast, Andre spoke with John Locco about the founding of the Icebergers, the history of the club and what led him to become the driving force behind the saving of the iconic Brighton Baths.
Sorrento Back Ocean Pool
While Sorrento Ocean Pool may not be big enough to get your daily laps and kilometres in, it is a beautiful ocean pool for a dip or a splash with the family.
While taking a dip in the ocean pool you will be surrounded by thriving marine life including fish, crabs and snails who all happily coexist with swimmers.
Be on the lookout when swimming for some fossils ingrained into the surrounding rock faces and sand.
St Kilda Sea Baths
The St Kilda Sea Baths were built in the 19th Century as swimming at an open beach was prohibited.
Over the years the Baths have changed significantly and are now not technically a Sea Bath. The current baths are a 25m pool filled with water pumped from the ocean.
The Sea Baths are the perfect spot for a swim if you want the saltwater of the ocean but don’t want to venture out into the deep blue.