COOGEE BEACH DAY

In a nutshell “great location, great weather, great fellowship”.

We met at 10:30 am as a group of nine at Circular Quay, having arrived there by train or Rivercat. We had morning tea at Circular Quay soaking up the sunshine, with a view of the Harbour, cruise ship and Opera House.

We then caught the bus to Coogee Beach, arriving at 11:15 am. We strolled along the beach promenade going past the ocean swimming pools which are in front of the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.

For those more energetic, we walked to the other end of the beach to Giles Baths which is located at the foot of the northern headland of Coogee Beach. It’s a natural rock pool, known as the “Bogey hole” and was used only by male bathers in the nineteenth century (women had to use the southern end of the beach). The pool is exposed to the ocean so can get dangerous when the sea is rough.

The portico, a cliff entrance gate titled ‘Baths’, which leads to steps down to the Bogey hole was preserved when the Giles Hot Sea Baths complex (formerly Lloyds Baths in 1900’s) on top of the headland was demolished in 2000 for safety reasons.

Coogee’s northern headland was renamed Dolphin Point in memory of the six members of the Coogee Dolphins A Grade Rugby League team who died on 12/10/2002 when two terrorist bombs exploded in Bali. A plaque listing the names and photos of the 20 residents of Sydney’s Eastern suburbs who died in the Bali bombing is mounted inside the Baths portico.

Also on the northern headland is a “Bali” memorial sculpture ‘Reclaiming Spirit’, consisting of three four‑metre tall figures leaning on each other in evident strength and unity.

We all then enjoyed lunch of fish and chips (or similar) in the park at the beach. After lunch we caught a bus back to Circular Quay and then went our separate way home at approximately 2:30 pm.