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Arguably Australia’s Best Ocean Pool Has Reopened

Just in time for summer.

It’s baaaaack! Newcastle’s Bogey Hole has reopened – and just in time for summer.

Only two hours north of Sydney, Newcastle has had a few reincarnations over the years – once a coal, steel and timber hub, some say this harbour city is Australia’s new arts capital – but one thing that’s remained the same is the iconic Bogey Hole.

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Photo: Newcastle Tourism

Bogey Hole is a natural swimming pool located beneath headland at King Edwards Park. It’s because of Bogey’s unique location that the pool has remained closed for the past year over the threat of rock falls.

But since its closure, Bogey has undergone a $490,000 rock-bolting upgrade to make the area safe to swim in again.

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Photo: Newcastle Tourism

The pool was built for Major James Morriset in 1819, making it the earliest purpose-built ocean pool in Australia. It provides amazing views of the coastline and you’ll often get waves from the ocean crashing up against the pool and washing over you. Which is basically like having a splash fight with nature.

If you’re in Sydney this summer and looking for a fresh spot to cool down, hop on the Pacific Motorway for an easy day trip up north.

(h/t Newcastle Herald, lead image: Destination NSW)