Monday, 13 February 2017

Darelle and Sally's (disappointing) swimming adventure - Bronte. 13 Feb 2017

Today our aim was Bronte pool. We were met with a closed beach and closed pool, due to heavy surf conditions.

We're in Waverley Council territory now, and so we had to feed the hungry beast. We did manage to find a park in the shade, but it's a very short term stay. 

From 9am to 6pm, September to May, the maximum parking time is 1 hour. Two hours the rest of the year.  There's unrestricted parking further away from the beach, and being the eastern suburbs, long hot climbs up hills after your dip. So, don't drive to Bronte thinking you are going to park close by for a day at the beach. You might need to catch a bus. I think this is the way the locals, as well as the revenue-raising Council quite likes it.

There's a great kids' playground in Bronte Park. The park leads down to the beach. 
Lots of picnic tables and barbecues

Typical weekday crowds

There's the pool tucked under the southern headland....not many people there, we thought. Well, noone as it turned out. 
The area just outside the pool is called the Bogey Hole. Click here to see what it looked like last time I blogged it. 

The surf was roiling and broiling

Here's a video of the surf

Here's another video

A few adventurous souls were taking a dip...not us....there were no safe swimming area flags on the beach, and neither of us is confident enough in strong surf.

Mindful that we only had a half hour on the parking meter before getting a ticket, we went to the kiosk for a coffee. Good coffee, and lots of traditional beach fare - chips and sausage rolls, and ice creams, but chiko rolls seem to have been replaced by Turkish bread sandwiches! There's swankier cafes in the 'hood as well, but the kiosk served us well.

Here's a previous blog from when I swam at Bronte pool once before.  It's a great pool.

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