McIver’s Ladies Baths
are the last-remaining women’s only rock pool in Australia. But while you’re frolicking away it’s easy to forget about the ladies actually running the operation – the Randwick and Coogee Ladies Swimming Club. Built in the 19th century as a place for Indigenous women to bathe "out of sight" from the main beach, the Club has continued to upkeep the baths since 1922. Recognised for their importance to diverse groups, in 1995 the Ladies gained exemption from the Anti-Discrimination Act. As soon as you throw your 20c entry fee into the bucket and walk down the ramp, you can understand why they’re so important. Here, it's an oasis. And we have the Ladies Swimming Club to thank.