End of the golden summer
This week I’ve started to spot images of melting snow and weedy daffodils appear in my Facebook feed, courtesy of Northern Hemisphere folk. This is a sad reminder that in my backyard, my good friend Summer is about to hit the highway.
One of Sydney’s greatest strengths is that it doesn’t let go of summer that easily. It lingers, like a persistent blowfly during the mango season. While technically it is supposed to end on the last day of February, in my view it kind of holds on until early April. After this point the temperature plummets to a crisp 18 to 19 degrees Celsius (I like to call it ‘Australian cold’), and Sydneysiders pull out their cable-knit sweaters, scarves, mittens and earmuffs (this is not sarcasm).
Swimming, however does take on a more challenging edge. For that reason and to celebrate six months of ‘I’d Swim’ action I’m outlining my top tips to swim out and enjoy the last weekend of summer.
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Best ocean pool
Overall winner: Mahon’s pool
It’s unpredictable, a little off the beaten track and always a crowd pleaser.
Runner up: Bronte ocean pool
Who can’t say no to the most attractive suburb in town. Hugh Jackman not included.
Best harbour ‘pool’
Overall winner: Murray Rose Pool(formerly Redleaf)
Just moments from the traffic snarl of New South Head Road, below the Woollahra Council building lies a little gem of a protected beach/pool.
Runner up: Dawn Fraser baths: A bit of love for the Inner West swimming. Dawn does you proud.
Best Olympic size pool
Overall winner: North Sydney Olympic pool
It’s ridiculously iconic, crowd pleasing and also a damn good swim.
Runner up: Prince Alfred Park Pool
The new kid on the block 1950s poolside Los Angeles comes to Sydney. And it’s public (not so American).
Best beach swim tourist trap for a reason award
Overall winner: North Bondi
Yes there’s always a chance you’ll end up with a camera in your face, the people really are ridiculously beautiful and the wanker count is off the spectrum. But North Bondi is a good old fashioned, bathwater gorgeous when it comes to swimming.
Best off the beaten track
Overall winner: Woollongong ocean pool trail – read the full details here and enjoy it while you can
Runner up: Malabar rockpool
Ignore the snake sign, ignore the prison and you’ll find a piece of up and coming Sydney swimming, I’ve got my eye on.