Mahon Pool

15R Marine Parade, Maroubra NSW 2035

15R Marine Parade, Maroubra NSW 2035
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Changing facilities
  • Ocean pool

  • Unpatrolled beach

  • Smoking is prohibited in this area
  • Alcohol restrictions
  • Dogs prohibited
  • Glass prohibited
  • Removal of flora & fauna prohibited

The Mahon rock pool is located to the north of Maroubra Beach at the base of Jack Vanny Reserve. The exposed rock outcrops and cliffs above it make it a spectacular venue. Steep steps lead down to the ocean pool from a car park on Marine Parade. There is a toilet block, showers and change rooms on the cliff overlooking the pool.

The Mahon rock pool is located to the north of Maroubra Beach at the base of Jack Vanny Reserve. The exposed rock outcrops and cliffs above it make it a spectacular venue. Steep steps lead down to the ocean pool from a car park on Marine Parade. There is a toilet block, showers and change rooms on the cliff overlooking the pool.


This facility reopened on Friday 15 May 2020. Swimmers are limited to 10 people at a time. Please practice good hand hygiene and keep 1.5m between users. Thank you for protecting the health of our community.


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History

Mahon Pool was built in 1935-1936 after a petition was presented to Randwick Council by Alderman Patrick Mahon.

Using the foundation of a naturally formed seaside rock pool.

Alderman Mahon was an alderman representing the South Ward and he was often lobbying to improve the area. On the 5 March 1935 he moved a motion requesting that the NSW Minister for Labour and Industry be approached to provide labour and materials for the construction of a sea baths at the northern end of Maroubra. In this era, several seaside installations along Randwick City’s coastline were built to keep local people employed during the great depression. Mahon Pool and the concrete pontoon in Clovelly Cove are two examples of this depression era works. This work therefore provided food and shelter for many local families who had fallen on hard times, with unemployment at record high levels.

Alderman Mahon died in September 1935, unfortunately before he could see the realisation of this ocean pool project.  On the 3 March 1936 Randwick Municipal Council received a letter from the Maroubra Bay Progress Association asking Council to consider naming the Bathing Pool at the foot of Torrington Rd, when completed, the Mahon Memorial Pool.

Further improvements to Mahon Pool were carried out in 1937 when an access railing was installed and a lavatory was constructed.

In recent years Mahon Pool has become the preferred training venue of the Sydney Swans AFL team and other elite athletes.

On Thursday 12 September 2019, Mayor of Randwick Council Cr Kathy Neilson, officially re-opened the re-modelled the Mahon Pool amenities block and associated landscaping, removing contamination from the site, and beautifying this historic pool and location.

In 2020 during wild winter sea storms a large bolder slipped into the pool and had to be moved and broken up by heavy machinery for removal to allow safe swimming access again to Mahon Pool.

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