Bogey Hole Baths

You can take a dip in the Bogey Hole, which was cut into ocean rocks by convict labour before 1820. Originating about 1819, the Bogey Hole claims to be New South Wales’ oldest swimming pool. Major James Thomas Morisset, who was Commandant of the Newcastle settlement at that time (hence the other name for the baths), ordered his convicts to enlarge a natural pool. At first these baths, which were large — about 15 feet (about 5 metres) long, 7 feet (2.2 metres) wide and with a depth of 6 feet (2 metres) — simply served as Morisset's private bathing pool. Then it was extended for the military but only in 1863 did the general public gain access.

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