Ivo Rowe Pool is definitely a fairly obscure subject. Many photographers have photographed the three other more popular pools in Coogee (Coogee Baths, the Ladies Pool and Wylies Baths). In fact it is a bit of a stretch even calling Ivo Rowe pool a tidal pool at all… it’s more like a large rock pool with a chain fence around it.
What attracts me to this little pool is a combination of the minimalist photography potential and the incredible rocks that surround this little hole in the rocks.
Special Photographic Features or Notes
In my mind what makes this location photogenic is the simplicity of the location…. small pool, out on the rocks close to the ocean with a token chain fence around it. It’s fairly remote, it’s very serene and the rocks around the pool give you some interesting angles and compositions.
If the seas are big, they will crash over the edge of the shelf and disturb the water (like the b&w shot above), however if you get there when the tide and seas are lower, the the rock pool is a fair way from the ocean edge and as calm as glass (top image).
The rocks around the Ivo Rowe pool are pretty interesting, they lend themselves nicely to low angles and foreground positioning due to their interesting shapes and curves.
This is a great location for night photography as there no direct lights illuminating the pool, it is pretty dark. Suitable for long exposures and star trails as well as shots featuring the ocean at night.
No special equipment is needed to shoot this location.
Best Time of The Day
Pre-dawn and sunrise of course. However dusk and evenings are also quite enjoyable. It is a very quiet and serene place to shoot due to it’s remote location.
Tides don’t influence this pool that much. If there are really high tides running you might find that the waves are crashing over the rocks, but generally you could shoot this location at most tides. Be careful if there are really huge waves pounding in as they do wash across the entire rock shelf and you could get wet equipment or clothes.
Very protected from Westerly winds, but generally exposed to onshore winds.
Best place to part for Ivo Rowe is the bottom of Palmer St, Coogee. From there you will find a set of stairs leading down to the rock shelf. The Ivo Rowe pool is right in front of you and can’t be missed.