Kiama Rock Pool, East Coast Australia
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Ocean baths and 'bogey holes': New South Wales has around a hundred ocean baths, or tidal swimming pools where waves break over the sides. Some of the most popular are around Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong. Ocean baths can be a natural pool or a rock platform that's been enhanced by deepening it, adding concrete walls or smoothing its floor. Most of the ocean baths that are now popular as fishing spots are probably at sites that have been popular as fishing spots ever since there have been people along the NSW coast. Some of the NSW ocean baths in fact occupy the sites of earlier Aboriginal fishtraps. The popular term 'bogey hole' used to refer to a bathing place is said to derive from an Aboriginal language from the Sydney area. But the term 'bogey hole' also resonated with certain British traditions, which use the term 'bogey' to refer to a water sprite.