Swimming Baths by Lynden
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Swimming Baths

Featured in “HDRI (No Holds Barred)!” August 2011
Featured in “All things photographic” August 2011

Eastern Beach is a popular swimming and recreation area in Geelong, Victoria on the shores of Corio Bay.

Built during the 1930s in the Art Deco style, a shark proof sea bath is provided, as well as a children’s swimming pool, kiosk, and dressing room pavilion. A number of Art Deco buildings in the area are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

It was not always the beach it is today. In the early years of Geelong the area was considered an eyesore, with steep cliffs running from the northern town boundary to the shores of Corio Bay.

Redevelopment plans were first proposed in 1914 by the City of Geelong. Work was to include a one mile (1.6 kilometre) long sea wall from Yarra Street to Limeburners Point, land reclamation, and flattening of the cliffs along the beach. Further plans were drawn up for a chalet at the beach, which later appeared in the form of the kiosk building.

Work began in September 1927 when contracts were let for construction of the concrete stairway, terraces and dressing sheds. J.C. Taylor and Sons were the successful contractor. This stage of the works was opened on December 20, 1929 by then mayor Cr Sol Jacobs.

The shark proof swimming enclosure and children’s pool were opened by Mayor of Geelong Cr Sol Jacobs on March 28, 1939. The enclosure covered 8.5 acres (3.5 hectares) and could accommodate 10,000 bathers. The precinct development cost 40,000 pounds ($80,000) at the time of construction, but was seen by the council of the time as being an investment in the city.

A tramway extension opened in October 1940 to Bellarine Street to cater to beach goers. The line was lifted in 1956 along with the rest of Geelong’s tramways.

The area began a slow decline from the 1960s, with its popularity declining as a result of increased motor car ownership giving Geelong residents easier access to ocean beaches. Later decades of neglect saw the area fall into disrepair.

This decline was arrested in 1993, when the City of Greater Geelong announced plans for the restoration of the area. Partial funding of the works came from public ‘purchasing’ a plank in the swimming enclosure boardwalk. The enclosure was rebuilt, and the swimming pool, kiosk, and change rooms refurbished. The Beach House restaurant was also opened on the upper level of the kiosk building.

The late 1990s saw the original diving tower reinstated at the ocean end of the swimming enclosure after an absence of many years. However, the rebuilt structure was altered from the original design, omitting access to the topmost level due to injury concerns.

The redevelopment was the first stage of the Waterfront Geelong developments that have continued along the shore of Corio Bay.

The beach hosts many festivals and concerts year round and also hosts the annual Geelong Carols by the Bay concert hosted by Denis Walter.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Beach_(Vic...


Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f3.5 – 6.3 @ 18mm
Exposure: f22, 8sec, ISO100, RAW, Tripod
Processing: Photomatix 3.2 (3 exp ±2) & Photoshop CS4


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Lynden is from Geelong, Victoria, Australia and has been a photographer since the 1980’s and producing digital images since 2003.

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Comments

  • Andrew (ark photograhy art)
    Andrew (ark ph...over 3 years ago

    A cracker of a sunrise Lyndon and it is Complemented by your awesome shot.. Great work

  • Thank you Andrew … lucky break this morning with the sun coming out for only 10 minutes and then disappearing again!

    – Lynden

  • jasimages
    jasimagesover 3 years ago

    Fantastic Lynden! Best image I seen of this area. Congrats once again mate.

  • Thanks Jason, appreciate the comment.

    – Lynden

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 3 years ago

    Wonderful light,colour and cloud formation

  • Thank you Hans!

    – Lynden

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithover 3 years ago

    A realy lovely image Lynden.

  • Thank you Christine!

    – Lynden

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 3 years ago

    great colours here mate!!!

  • Thanks Yhun!

    – Lynden

  • James Zickmantel
    James Zickmantelover 3 years ago


    Congratulation on your Feature in HDRI (No Holds Barred)!

  • Thank you very much James!

    – Lynden

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparover 3 years ago

    Really nice Work .!!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Lynden

  • Darryl Fowler
    Darryl Fowlerover 3 years ago

    Great Shot Lynden the HDR really makes this..!!

  • Cheers Darryl! Appreciate the comment.

    – Lynden

  • Kim Slater
    Kim Slaterover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much Kim!

    – Lynden

  • Mark Braham
    Mark Brahamover 3 years ago

    Great Shot…Well Done!

  • Thank you Mark!

    – Lynden

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