A reef shelters this large, informal, ‘improved’, ‘natural’ rock pool north of Perth’s Trigg Beach. Set within a limestone bay, Mettams Pool has long been popular as a safe and appealing swimming and snorkelling place and has hosted learn-to-swim classes.
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West Coast Highway, Trigg, WA, Australia.
The relevant local government body – City of Stirling
According to Grace Mettam’s article ‘The truth about Trigg’s Mettams Pool’ published in The West Australian on 10 September 2016, Frank Mettam and his family used pickaxes rather than explosives to remove the rock that once bisected the pool known after the 1940s as Mettams Pool. From then on, that ocean pool was regarded as a ‘safe’ swimming space well suited to children and elderly persons.
Mettams Pool was mentioned in advertisements for nearby land.
Mettams Pool attracted regular early morning swimmers.
Mettams Pool continued to attract regular early morning swimmers, including some who had swum there for three decades.
In his 2010 book Land’s edge: A coastal memoir, Tim Winton wrote about learning to swim and snorkel at Mettams Pool at the age of seven.
Department of Education ran vacation swimming classes at Mettams Pool in summer.
A wheelchair-friendly ramp earned praise from many visitors to Mettams pool.
Recreational fishers in search of abalone flocked to Mettams Pool during the west coast’s very brief and high regulated abalone fishing season – one hour on the first Sunday of November, December, January, February and March with strict rules regarding the number and minimum size of each licensed recreational abalone fisher’s catch.
Mettams Pool remains popular as a safe and appealing swimming and snorkelling place. Favourable reviews of Mettams Pool appear on sites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp.