29 July 13
It’s so nice to have a soak in a hot-tub on a chilly winter’s morning, and even better when the hot pool’s big enough for the girls to swim! We first heard whispers about a geothermal hot pool in Perth months ago and today visited the natural artesian mineral pool that sits on the banks of the Swan River in Bicton.
The Melville Water Polo Club has two pools in its small council-owned complex on the river. The pools were originally heated through a heat-exchange system that used the hot waste-water from a sugar-mill located across the river. When the sugar-mill closed down, a bore was drilled and now the naturally-heated water is pumped to the surface and used in a complicated set of brass pipes in the side of the main pool that transfers the heat to the salt water. Another line deposits the mineral water directly into the thermal pool.
If you’re visiting the Bicton baths in Melville, there are a couple of places to park — on the end Durdham Crescent, off Phillips Street or at the southernmost end of Blackwall Reach Parade. A friend and her daughter cycled along the river to serendipitously join us in the hot pool.
I’m glad we finally got to experience the hot pools in Perth! The girls are keen to keep swimming as much as they can, and discovering a hidden gem like the Bicton Baths makes our outing all the more exciting.