Lake Macquarie History

Granny’s Pool, Blacksmiths

Granny’s Pool on Swansea Channel at Blacksmiths is a naturally occurring tidal waterway – a pristine place aside Blacksmith’s breakwall that triggers waves of nostalgia among locals. For many years, a gap in the breakwall allowed water from Swansea Channel to pool into a sandy area, not far from Blacksmiths beach.

But residents say work done at the breakwall years ago, amid other factors, led the pool to fill with sand. It was no longer the swimming haven it had once been, but now there’s a strong community push to restore the pool to its former glory.

Sand is removed by Council so the pool can be used as a recreational facility.

Granny’s Pool was originally known as “Chanty's Pool” - after Bert Chant who was a (probably unofficial) caretaker of the area when it was a camping ground in the 1920s and 1930s

photo: granny's pool blacksmithl


Drane, W., 1992. A history of Blacksmiths. Blacksmiths, N.S.W.: Wal Drane.

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