South Coogee Pools

Ross Jones Memorial Pool By Brent Pearson

There are actually four pools located between Coogee Beach and Maroubra Beach…. Going from North to South they are

The links above will take you to reference sites for each of the pools.  This guide will cover the first two pools.

Special Photographic Features or Notes

Ross Jones Memorial Pool

I have photographed this pool a couple of times… the tides and surf make a huge difference to the types of photographs that you get.  The image at the top was taken before dawn with an absolutely pounding sea… It was hard to get close up shots without getting dunked by waves (in fact my old man took a direct hit while framing up a shot… soaked from head to toe… camera included).

The image at the top of the page shows you the water level at a high tide, while the image directly above showes you the pool at a lower tide.

McIvers Baths

If you go for a stroll around the rocks South, you will come to McIvers Baths (Coogee Ladies Baths).  You really need to approach this pool along the rocks from the North or South as the gates are probably locked pre-dawn and it’s generally only for ladies… If you do want to photograph this pool (and your not a lady), I suggest you get to it early while it is dark so that you don’t cop a complaint.

There are nice views looking North & South.  The pool ends up flowing directly into the sea at the Northen end and if the surf is up and it is a high tide, you can get some nice wave action crashing into the still water of the pool

Night Photography

There is definitely some pretty solid lighting hitting the Ross Jones pool, so you will have to deal with all the colour balance issues of artificial lighting.  However while I haven’t shot at the ladies pool at night, I don’t believe it has any illumination… so this might be a better bet for photographers trying to capture more “natural” night landscape images.

Special Equipment

There are a few bits of special equipment I would recommend for Coogee Pool

  • Grad ND filters.  The rock shelf faces due East, so if you are shooting sunrise, bring your normal kit of grad NDs.
  • Extra lens cleaning cloths – Salt spray can be problem on your lens element

Best Time of The Day

Pre-dawn and sunrise of course.

Tidal Information

Both of these pools will give you pretty different results depending on tides and seas.  There is no “best time” to shoot either pool depending on what sort of shots you are after… It is best to have an idea of what type of shots you want to get (still water vs white water etc.) and then check tide and surf reports to see if the conditions are right.

Wind Information

Exposed to the East, so you’ll cop it if there are any strong NE winds, Easterly’s or Southerly’s

Getting there

Click Here to see the location marked on Google Maps

It’s pretty easy to find South Coogee, and if you are doing Dawn shooting, you can park anywhere near the Ross Jones pool.  To get to the McIvers Baths you will need to hop along the rocks from either the North or South.

Author Bio

Brent Pearson


  1. David Haworth November 28, 2008

    I still haven’t got a good shot a googee pool after two trys but you have given me cause to try again. Good work.

    • Darrell Wood March 9, 2018

      Hi. Great blog you have. May I ask what around town bag Io use. I have Nikon Holy trinity but do not want always to carry Fstop Tipoa Backpack around town. But large and museums ask me to check

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