After hitting the beach for sunrise and only getting a little hit of colour we decided to try our luck at sunset with a few of the girls at the Bogey Hole. For the non locals this a very cool is a heritage-listed sea bath, also known (not by many locals) as the Commandant’s Baths.
Lieutenant-Colonel James Thomas Morisset, the Commandant of Newcastle (1818–23), ordered the construction of the pool by convict labour in about 1820 for his own use, hence the name. The open side of the pool is fenced by stanchions and chains and these chains are iconic so much to that locals and visitors alike will recognise pictures of the baths by these alone alot of the time – you will also see them in pictures from the wading pool near the ocean baths.
We were very lucky with a high tide that there was little to no swell enabling us to scramble around the edge of the pool to the rock platform on the south side providing some great reflections back on the pool. The father and son fishing off the rocks on the northern side really gives the picture a bit more character i think.
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