29.06.2018 – Forster Beach, New South Wales

Plenty of beaches in this area, and on North Street Forster across the road from high rise apartments with restaurants at their base on street level, Forster Beach and home of the Forster Surf Lifesaving Club. This beach links to the southern side of the Cape Hawke Harbour opening to the sea and at the other end,  the impressive Forster Ocean Baths.  The Baths were opened in January 1936 having been built with labourers under a “Work for the Dole” scheme.

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Built in 1935-1936 – The original ‘infinity pool’?  One lone swimmer doing laps.

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Near the Baths, on the grassed area, we discovered a square platform with an inscription:  “Mary (Granny) Roberts – Taught Free Learn to Swim Classes for 25.years.  Mary would want you to swim, be safe and be happy.” Another example of the community service by people of this town.  Good on you, Mary Roberts.

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As we walked along the promenade, evidence of car enthusiasts, no doubt meeting at one of the nearby cafés: