If booming surf isn’t quite your cup of cocoa, there are two rock pools within walking distance of Chittick Lodge in which to enjoy a more leisurely swim. Both Ourie and Boat Harbour can be found at the south end of Werri beach, the latter remaining something of a pretty well kept secret among Gerringong locals… until now that is.
Werri Beach Pool
At the south end of Werri Beach, out towards the point, there is a beautiful ocean filled rock pool. The view back to Werri, over the ocean, is wonderful. There is good access, with a flat path all the way from the car park and across the rocks to the pool. Further, it is possible to clamber along the back of the rock shelf, to Boat Harbour.
It’s easier to drive, take a left just before the church on the way out of town, south. Host a barbecue at the park overlooking the harbour, there are free gas barbecues waiting for you, courtesy of the local council. Stroll around the corner to very sedate pool cut into the rock. Plus some surprisingly nice ocean swimming for the strong swimmers, with goggles.
Then, further away in Kiama, there’s Black Beach which in addition to being a knockout spot for snorkelling, also has an Olympic-sized rock pool at the north end of the beach. There are lots of other beaches, in Kiama and beyond. Ask the locals for their tips, they’ll share some sweet spots. There’s also an indoor pool at Kiama.