Sydney’s rock pools are a pretty unique feature of our city’s coastline. The harbour pools are pretty cool too.
They don’t come cuter and more appealling than the baby of them all, little Fairy Bower Pool at Manly.
Fairy Bower is the smallest of Sydney’s rock pools, excepting a couple of the children’s pools.
You’ll find Fairy Bower half way along the walkway between Manly Beach and Shelly Beach.
The pool was built by locals in 1929 in what was known then as Cabbage Tree Bay. The promenade itself had been built in 1898.
Did you know that Fairy Bower is really quite a new suburb. Imagine that, in 1908, Fairy Bower Road still had only two houses, but by 1914 there were 13, and 21 in 1918.
And look at it now, pretty jam packed with amazing houses.
Read more about the history of Fairy Bower here.
You can read all about the history of NSW ocean pools here.
Fairy Bower Rock Pool For Kids
We tend to stop at Fairy Bower for a short time on the way to Shelly Beach. Sometimes we snorkel along from Shelly and pull up at Fairy Bower for a rest and a splash.
There’s absolutely no shade at all at Fairy Bower, so it’s not somewhere to stay for a long time.
There are toilets and a change room right by the rock pool, very handy.
There’s a cafe/restauarant close by too… I’ve never been… tragic! The cafe and kiosk at Shelly Beach is only a few minutes walk away and very child-friendly.
Parking: Tricky! Best to walk along from Manly or from Shelly Beach car park – the roads around fairy Bower are often very busy.
Are you a rock pool tragic like me?
Where’s your favourite rock pool of them all?
Happy summer splashing in Sydney.