If you're looking for a way to enjoy Australian beaches without all of the sharks, check out the Bogie Hole. Similar to the Ocean Baths, the Bogie Hole is fed by the ocean. Unlike the Newcastle and Merewether Baths, however, the Bogie Hole is carved out of natural rock located right on the ocean's edge. At high tide the ocean's waves break into the pool's crystal clear waters.
The Bogey Hole is a heritage listed sea bath and it is thought to be the oldest remaining European-built landmark in Newcastle. It was built using convict construction labour in the 1820s. The Bogey Hole's construction was ordered by Lieutenant-Colonel James Thomas Morissett for his and his wife's private use. Unfortunately, neither Morissett nor his wife utilized the baths. Today they are a great way to go swimming at the beach without getting in the ocean.