No visit to Coogee Beach (about 30 minutes from central Sydney by bus, or 15 minutes driving) is complete without a stop at Wylie’s, Australia’s oldest public baths which date from 1907. When you arrive at the expansive set of sand that forms Coogee’s – head directly south along the path on top of the cliffs that overlook the ocean. Soon you will come to the entrance of Wylie’s – head down the steps and pay the inexpensive admission at the entrance. Then opt for sunning on the deck, a plunge in the large pool (which is located right next to and above the tidal zone), or try one of a number of massages offered.
Wylie’s was founded by athlete Henry Alexander Wylie – his daughter was one of Australia’s first two female Olympic representatives. An informative “history” and photo book is available for purchase on site with more details of their past 100+ years.
A visit here can be a nice respite from the often crowded nearby Coogee’s – especially on warm summer afternoons. A small snack bar is also available on site.
For more information visit: www.wylies.com.au