(Image created in January 2005. Author’s own collection.)
This is the main Cronulla pool, an Olympic-size 8-lane pool. No pumps are needed at this pool or at any of Cronulla’s other ocean pools. Southernmost of the three ocean pools on the rock platform between North Cronulla Beach and South Cronulla Beach and linked to Cronulla’s other ocean pools by The Esplanade, a popular walking track. A short walk from the railway station.
This pool attracts more photographers than the other pools on this rock platform.
Gerrale Street, Cronulla, NSW, 2230, Australia
(Latitude South 34 degrees 03 minutes 14 seconds, Longitude East 151 degrees 09 minutes 20 seconds)
Clans of the Dharawal people lived around North Cronulla and Cronulla Beach.
Surveyor Dixon used the term ‘Cronulla beaches’.
The railway reached Sutherland and the Cronulla area gained popularity as a picnic place.
The Oriental Hotel occupied the site near the present-day North Cronulla Hotel.
Sutherland Shire was proclaimed.
A steam tram linked Sutherland and Cronulla.
Motor cars gave more people readier access to semi-rural Cronulla.
North Cronulla Surf Club began beach patrols in 1925.
Cronulla became the only Sydney beach with a railway station.
The original pool was built.
Cronulla’s low-rise holiday guest-houses were being replaced by high-rise flats
The South Cronulla rock pool still needed repairs some five years after experiencing storm damage. Funds to create a new pool at the site at an estimated cost of $300,000 came from the NSW Department of Sport, Recreation and Racing ($130,000) and the Sutherland Shire.
The poor state of the South Cronulla rock pool meant large crowds vied for swimming space at the Shelly Beach pool. Work to replace the earlier pool began early in 1991 and the pool was available for use in the summer of 1991-1992.
As noted on a plaque near the pool, Shire President, Cr. Ian Swords, opened the new Cronulla Rock Pool on Australia Day 26 January.
An assessment of the Shire’s ocean pools was identified as a necessary part of the ongoing management of its coastal assets.
2005 to 2006
Incidents at the beach fuelled the December 2005 riots at Cronulla. Extra Beachsafe police were deployed to Cronulla for the rest of the 2005/6 beach season.
The pool was well used by the public on an informal basis and had many regular users. Surf club nippers and winter swimmers train and compete in the pool.