Ocean pools or rock pools are an important feature of the Australian coastline particularly in New South Wales. They are public seawater pools built on a rocky surf coast, so that waves can wash into the pool. They are perfect for those who want to swim in the salty ocean water but don't want to brave the waves. During my trip to Australia, I visited two rock pools. The first one was the Towradgi Rock Pool in Towradgi, a 10 minute drive from the Wollongong Harbour, and the second one was the Wombarra Rock Pool in Wombarra, a half an hour drive from Wollongong. It was the month of March and even though it was raining, the water in the pool was still warm. There was nobody at the pool except a fisherman sitting some distance away from the pool.
The pool is located along the Lawrence Hargrave Drive between Coledale and Scarborough. There is a small parking lot at the pool level that can accommodate up to 4 cars, but there is another parking area one level higher by the school. From Wollongong, you can also take a train or a bus to Wombarra. The bus to Stanwell Park goes right past the pool. Changing rooms and outside showers are provided at the pool. Next to the main pool, is a very small paddling pool.
In March 2018, the Wollongong City Council decided to shell out more than $1 million to repair and upgrade the deteriorating ocean pool.