Sunday, February 18, 2018

Eastern Beach, Geelong

Eastern Beach swimming enclosure, Geelong
Snapshot in Phelan album, c1938
The photo above, in a family album, was taken in the late 1930s, shortly after the swimming enclosure at Geelong was opened. Someone in the family must have been there on holiday. The enclosure was the last constructed in Victoria and is the only one that remains. It was restored in the 1990s and is as popular as it has ever been. The buildings and landscaping is art deco and very beautiful. It now has heritage protection.

There is a concrete lined pool for young children and the boardwalk encloses eight acres of the sea so swimmers are protected from sharks. It is also a very popular area for big events, wedding photos, and family picnics. The foreshore on Corio Bay faces north, one of the few north-facing beaches in Victoria, so it is naturally sheltered and warm when other beaches are windswept.

Eastern Beach Geelong. View to the north.
Copyright Wendy Kerby
Eastern Beach swimming enclosure, Geelong
This post is in response to the theme photo for the Sepia Saturday group. The diving platform looks very similar to the one in Geelong that was constructed at about the same time. Visitors to the group welcome.

Theme photo for Sepia Saturday.
Manly Swimming Pool, Brisbane, in 1936.


  1. Snap! We had the same thought, but as I've previously posted about the Eastern Beach pool, I just linked to that rather than reposting. I'm not sure what the structure on the pontoon is for, as I don't think you can dive off the top of it, can you? It must just be for sunbathing and showing off.

  2. Oh it looks beautiful. I'd never heard of it.

  3. The middle photo looks like a resort in the Caribbean. I'm glad you posted the 3rd picture because now I can see the remnants of how it looked originally. Beautiful! I'm glad it is protected.

  4. that's a good idea to protect swimmenrs form sharks/

  5. How fun, sea water and no sharks! Tower for jumping and showing off too!


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