The Bruce Steer Pool is a gently sloping, sheltered beach next to the breakwater of the Bermagui harbour.
It is protected on one side by the headland and on the other by the stone breakwater, so that even when
it is windy in town, this little spot can be relatively calm. The pool is tidal, but
the flat slope into the water is suitable for kids at both high and low tide. There is a 25 metre long beach with
several metres of sand above the water line for making sandcastles and running around on.
Above: The shimmering waters of the Bruce Steer Pool in Bermagui
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There are a handful of small trees that provide some shade, or bring a beach shelter if you are planning to
stay a while. Hazards at this site include the sharp rocks at the eastern end of the beach, so steer your kids
away from them, particularly at low tide.
There is a shark and stingray net at the end of the pool.
The facilities here include a basic toilet block and shower (up the steps), and two picnic tables, but on my last
visit a master plan for the site was being mooted.
The pool itself is around 140 metres long, so older kids and adults can also do laps for some exercise as well.
The pool is popular with local swimmers when the nearby Bermagui Blue Pool
is howling a gale. It can also be an option if Horseshoe Bay has stingers. You can read all about Bruce and the role he
played in the development of the Bermagui harbour at an information board on site.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Bermagui Harbour, Bermagui
From Lamont Street in town, follow the road to the boat ramp on the eastern side of the harbour that runs
alongside the footy ground.
Toilets and shower (up the steps), picnic tables (one sheltered), car spaces
Baby change facilities:
Shade available under some small trees back from the edge of the beach.
No smooth path, so not without effort or assistance. No direct wheelchair access to the toilets from the beach.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No dogs, no camping, no smoking, no fires.
The Zane Grey Caravan Park is within walking distance of the Blue Pool. Alternatively, if you are staying overnight
in the area you can try
accommodation in Bermagui
Bega Valley Shire Council.
Bermagui Gelati Clinic for all your medicinal gelati needs.
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information
. Specific to
this site, the managing authority advises that there is no lifeguard service, there is shallow water with submerged objects, and there
is uneven/slippery ground. Further, the managing authority advises that "use of this beach may be dangerous. Please take care for
your safety and for those in your care."
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