Located at the southern end of Coogee in Sydney, Wylie's Baths enjoys magnificent, unrestricted ocean views over Wedding Cake Island. A sea pool, the baths are a perfect way of sampling a salt water swim without worrying about overpowering surf.
The deck is packed with families on a fine weekend, but during the week the baths are the reserve of a few regulars, some of whom we interviewed in our program. Most renowned is a group of local sunbakers known as the "hip club", a reference to their hip replacements. All the regulars we spoke to agreed that a swim at Wylie's is fundamental to their sense of well-being.
Wylie's Baths was established in 1907 by Henry Alexander Wylie, a champion long distance and under water swimmer. Wylie obtained a special lease for the area below the high water mark, while the area above the high water mark remained under Crown control. Wylie's daughter was Wilhemina Wylie, who in 1912, along with Fanny Durack, was the first female Australian swimmer to compete at an Olympics.
The pool changed hands a few times in the ensuing years, however it remained a popular place for sun bathing and picnicking throughout most of the century. In 1995 architects Allen, Jack & Cottier were awarded the prestigious Greenway Award for Conservation by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects for their highly innovative restoration of the baths.
The Wylie's Bath Trust was established in 1996 and is responsible for the administration and operation of the baths. The trust consists of representatives of four local swimming clubs, three local residents and a council representative. The baths have two permanent employees and several casual staff to manage the operations of the pool 365 days a year.
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