Mahon Pool, Maroubra

Sydney’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the country, but in fact Maroubra is certainly one of the most amazing ones and a more natural alternative to busy Bondi and tiny Tama ๐Ÿ™‚

I would like to talk about a particular feature that is North of Maroubra and easy to miss unless you read this guide: Mahon Pool

Special Photographic Features or Notes

There are two things you can capture at Mahon Pool. The pool itself or the fantastic rock stairs justย  to the North of it.

The Pool

This huge pool offers great reflections and is framed by the fence that goes around the outer side of the pool. Some people may find the rail, that leads down to the pool a bit of an eyesore, but it is an easy clone fix in Photoshop, if you wish. A classic composition is to shoot it from high above, close to the car park, to take in the whole of the pool as well as the surrounding cliff faces and the ocean. Alternatively, as you can see in the above shot a low shot from the south-east corner of the pool offers great sunrise reflections on the water.

The rock stairs

Depending on the tide, you can get lovely waterfall shots from those stairs to the north. You need to be careful, because the water easily runs over the relatively low rocks where you will probably take position and a mid-range lens may be suitable for this job in order for you to return home with dry socks. Otherwise I highly suggest to take advantage of one distinct rock that peeks out just behind the pool at it’s north-east corner (visible in the 2nd shot).

Setup your gear there and you will stay dry, guaranteed ๐Ÿ™‚

Special Equipment

Just the usual stuff, a towel and/or lens cloths are a good idea. There are bath rooms next to the pool just a few steps away from the car park as well as a shower, where you can rinse off your gear.

Best Time of The Day

Sunrise or a particularly gloomy day. Stormy conditions with waves crushing into the pool would be a great option too.

Tidal Information

Do not shoot this area at low tide, as the water will hardly go over any of the lovely rocks. I would say mid-high tide would be perfect. If you go at high tide, make sure you are in an elevated spot, as the water comes all the way up to the pool.

Wind Information

You are sheltered from the Northerlies, but very exposed to Easterlies, so bring a few dry lens cloths if it’s windy.

Getting there

Click here to see this location in Google Maps

Make sure you check out more of my photos from this beautiful spot on my website Kajo Photography

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  1. Darren Pearce November 8, 2008

    Great guide, will have to give it a try early one morning.

  2. David Haworth November 19, 2008

    I’m excited — Looking forward to getting down to this location for some summer sunrises. Thanks for the guide

  3. Anonymous March 28, 2009

    Great pool — One morning last November I headed out to Mahon Pool one Sunday morning.

    It was still dark, and I was composing a shot, when I saw people in the distance and heard voices.

    These people were dressed, so they didn’t seem to be swimmers; I figured the were fishermen. They approached, and I saw the familiar sight of tripod legs.

    It was none other than Brent and Kajo. What a great surprise, especially as I’d tried to ring Brent the night before to organise a shoot for that morning.

    It turned out to be a great shoot which landed me some pleasing images.

    This pool is fantastic, and Kajo’s images are also top-notch.

    As a dedicated seascaper, this one’s highly ranked as a pool worth shooting.

  4. Lee Duguid September 27, 2012

    Stunning first shot, great work

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