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The fresh water Blue Pool and the larger Green Pool collectively known as the Blue pools are former quarrying sites that supplied rock to build the Yamba break wall between 1890 and the early 1900s.
As we are now in the summer months, based on previous testing undertaken at this time of the year, it is likely that potentially toxic algae is present in both pools and therefore they are not suitable for swimming.
The pools have been used for swimming and diving for close to a century. The blue pools are located within Angourie Reserve between Spooky Beach and Angourie Beach. The pools are accessible via a path at the carpark at the end of the Crescent Angourie or from either Spooky or Angourie Beaches. Council has undertaken a number of improvements to the area around the pools in recent years and it is a popular destination.
The pools are fresh water and are subject to algal blooms especially over the warmer months and may not be suitable for swimming at times. High levels of algae have potential health effects. Council monitors the level of algae on a regular basis over the summer and has signs on site to indicate if the pools are open to swimming. If the pools are closed there are fantastic beaches in walking distance to the pools as alternative swimming spots.
The pools are unsupervised and there are submerged rock outcrops around the edge. When swimming people need to be aware that the pools are very deep and that there are risks associated with swimming here. People should exercise caution and comply with any signage and swim at their own risk.
Council updates this page when water testing results are available to determine if the algae levels are suitable for swimming.
For further information contact Council on 6643 0200.
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