(Image taken in August 2001. Author’s own collection.)
One of the youngest of the Illawarra ocean pools – a 1960s ocean pool begun by voluntary labour.
Robert Cram Drive, Bellambi, NSW, 2518, Australia
(Latitude South 34 degrees 21 minutes 56 seconds, Longitude East 150 degrees 55 minutes 27 seconds).
Bellambi Village was laid out in 1842.
From the 1850s, the Bellambi Harbour shipped coal to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and later China. Despite the harbour’s use for shipping, there was little development of Bellambi village until the 1940s.
The Northern Illawarra Council was amalgamated with other Illawarra councils to form the City of Greater Wollongong.
Funding was sought for rock baths at Bellambi.
Photographs show the pool being built by community effort and the Bellambi jetty in the background.
The pool was still being developed.
A doorknock was held to raise the funds still needed to finish the pool.
The pool officially opened, making Bellambi the youngest ocean pool in the Illawarra.
The prime waterfront location adjacent to Bellambi Beach was developed as a public housing suburb.
The old boat ramp at Bellambi was upgraded to a four-lane ramp with parking for about 100 rigs.
Bellambi Pool became home to the Bellambi Blue Bottles, winter swimming club.
Wollongong City Council located a $55,000 unisex vandalism-resistant electronic toilet near the ocean pool. 2000 Laments about anti-social behaviour at the Bellambi Rock Pool.
The sewer outfall at Bellambi inspired a ‘Paddle against Poo’ from the Bellambi Point sewage treatment works to Wollongong’s North Beach and onto South Beach.
The NSW EPA warned swimmers to stay out of the surf and sea pools until the weather cleared, as during the recent heavy February downpours, the sewage treatment plants at Bellambi released partially treated sewage into the ocean.