Manly Baths aka Manly Olympic Pool - Lost Manly Shop

Manly Baths aka Manly Olympic Pool

The Manly Baths were a historic swimming and recreation complex located in Manly, a suburb of Sydney, Australia. Established in the late 19th century, the baths were a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, offering a variety of amenities for swimming, sunbathing, and other water-based activities.

The Manly Baths consisted of several large swimming pools, as well as changing rooms, showers, and other facilities. They were particularly popular during the summer months, when visitors would flock to Manly to enjoy the beach and the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

In addition to swimming, the Manly Baths also hosted a variety of social events and activities, including picnics, dances, and other gatherings. They were an important hub of social activity in the Manly community, and played a significant role in the development of the suburb as a popular beach destination.

Over the years, the Manly Baths underwent several renovations and changes, with new pools and facilities added to keep up with changing tastes and trends. However, by the mid-20th century, the baths had fallen out of favor, and were eventually closed in the 1970s. The Sygna storm on 23 May 1974 was the final nail in the coffin.

Today, the site of Manly Baths is occupied by Manly Skiff Club and Sailing Club on the far end of East Esplanade. While the baths themselves are no longer in operation, their legacy as an important part of Manly's social and recreational history continues to be celebrated by locals and visitors alike.

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Spent a lot of time there’s. My dad, one of Australia’s best swimmers died there in 1969. Miss those days so much

Patricia Ryan Gawkins

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