Patrolled beaches and pools close for winter months

THE COLDER months are coming and Wollongong City Council is switching over to winter patrol hours for beaches and pools from today (Wednesday April 26).

From today, flags will go down at all beaches except for North Wollongong as Council lifeguards take a break during the off-season.

Only North Wollongong Beach will remain patrolled daily from 9am-4pm until the next summer season, which starts in late September. That means if you want to go for a beach swim, you’ll need to visit North Wollongong for a dip between the red and yellow flags.

Winter hours will affect pools including:

  • Continental Pool remains open every day except Mondays when it’s closed for cleaning
  • Helensburgh pool closed from April 25.
  • Corrimal pool will remain open during the winter months
  • Thirroul saltwater pool will close for winter on June 1
  • Rock pools remain open, except for cleaning

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery has thanked the Council Lifeguards and the Surf Life Saving volunteers who patrolled beaches this season.

“Now as we head into winter, it’s time for another reminder that everyone still needs to swim between the red and yellow flags,” he said.

“Surf conditions can change unpredictably, especially in wet weather. If you can’t see the red and yellow flags, our lifeguards can’t see you.

“Please follow the rules and keep an eye on one another when visiting our beaches. If you do want to go for a swim, North Wollongong Beach remains open and patrolled during winter.”

Rock pools always remain open (except for cleaning), with Council reminding swimmers that they are unpatrolled, and can be affected by changing tides, sea, and swell conditions.

For a list of opening hours, or to check the status of your local rock pool and when Council has scheduled a clean or for a list of opening hours by visiting the Pool webpage.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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