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Bogey Hole

Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300 Australia

Free to Visit
Open Now
Sun 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
  • No Wifi
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“Convicts Built This Amazing Outdoor Pool But Were Never Allowed To Swim In It.”

The name doesn’t match the décor at this spectacular outdoor pool in Newcastle. Bogey Hole should be called ‘Amazing Achievement Of Convicts Hole’ as it was built by convict labour in 1819. The construction of the pool, which involved digging into hard ocean rocks by hard men in the harsh outdoors, was ordered by Commandant Morisset who wanted a nice pool to splash about in. The poor convicts didn’t even get to use it but at least now anyone can enjoy it and take a wild dip. Bogey Hole's a popular spot for city dwellers who don't like getting sand in their shoes. And dogs.

Originally the pool was (unoriginally) called 'Commandant's Baths' and 'Bogey Hole' became a popular name later, from the Dharawal word meaning 'to bathe'.

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Bogey Hole

Shortland Esplanade
Newcastle, New South Wales
2300 Australia


Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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