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Gross alert: authorities warn of bacterial contamination at your favourite beaches

Written by
Juliana Yu

Hold the togs – before you jump in for a post-work swim today, be warned that for a number of major Sydney beaches the Office of Environment & Heritage is forecasting cloudy with a chance of BACTERIA.

Due to heavy rainfall over the past few days, they’re predicting stormwater pollution to have washed into the sea potentially anything from litter and chemical detergents to ‘natural pollution’, which includes leaves, soil and – horror! – animal droppings.

Today’s report advises swimmers to avoid the waters at Bronte, Tamarama and Coogee completely, citing “likely” pollution. For now, Bondi, Clovelly and Maroubra are still good to go, although they recommend keeping an eye out for water discoloration and debris on the tide line.

Stay updated by checking the Office’s daily beach pollution forecast, but if you really want to make sure you don’t catch something nasty while taking a dip, head to one of Sydney’s many outdoor pools, or go north – according to the report, Avalon is looking peachy.

Need something to do outside of the water? Check out our Coogee area guide for the suburb's best bars, restaurants and activities.

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