Saturday, 7 January 2012

aaaaah, summer

McIvers Ladies Baths, Coogee
Previously shown on 21 Dec 2006 and 14 Feb 2009
McIvers Baths is under a cliff face, on a rock platform between Coogee Beach and Wylies Baths. The baths have magnificent oceans views and are relatively well screened from the surrounding area.
The baths were built in 1886, but according to the National Trust it has been a popular swimming spot for women since before 1876.
This pool (entrance donation 20 cents) is popular with nuns, Muslim women, lesbians, and elderly women (well women of all ages, really). In 1995, after a challenge in the courts, it was granted an exemption under the Anti-Discrimination Act to continue operating as women-only, probably the only one of its kind in Australia.
I'm going again tomorrow.


  1. I am not a nun, Muslim, lesbian or very elderly woman, yet I can easily see why women would want just one place where they could swim in peace. No men perving at your body in bathers! Just beautiful weather and water.