(Image taken in July 2003. Author’s own collection.)
A combination ring-of-rocks and rock platform pool at the southern end of Putty Beach. This large ‘bogey hole’ in the rocks was known as a favourite and safe bathing place for children from the 1920s and is still in use.
Killcare, NSW, 2257, Australia
(Latitude South 33 degree 22 minutes 00 seconds, Longitude East 151 degrees 21 minutes 33 seconds)
The 1889 wreck of the Paddle Steamer Maitland and the 1909 wreck of the Narooma at Maitland Bay (named for the earlier shipwreck) drew attention to the Killcare area. Travel into the NSW Central Coast improved after 1889 with the opening of the Hawkesbury Railway Bridge, the last link in the rail connection between the capital cities of South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
There was a new direct Sydney-Newcastle main road. All trains north from Sydney stopped at Gosford and coastal steamers continued to land passengers and cargo at Gosford.
The famous surfing beach at Putty Beach already had a rock bathing pool, a large ‘bogey hole’ in the rocks, that offered a favourite and safe bathing place for children.
Gosford Council assessed the Putty Beach rock pool as having moderate usage and being a natural swimming hole augmented by rocks placed on the rock shelf, rather than a formally constructed rock pool. It recommended retention of the pool.
Storms deposited a two-tonne boulder in this pool.