I always drive past the sign for Northbridge Baths so I decided to go see for myself.
I did my cursory Internet search to figure out what it was and whether it may be suitable and it looked promising. Two complaints dominated the reviews I read, firstly there is no longer a kiosk and secondly the hill down to the baths is steep.
Off I set with baby in tow to go check it out. NB as I will call it is situated just off Widgiewa Rd, Northbridge. Your GPS may pick up this address or the address of the Northbridge Baths Fitness and Aquatic Centre. (For some reason my map creating skills have failed me again today, apologies!!)
The parking sits above the baths so you access NB either by walking down the steps onto the road leading into it or out the parking and back down the road (this may make no sense now but when you get there you’ll see what I mean).
You could definitely take a pram from the car to NB and I saw two mums with babes in prams. The only consideration is pushing it back up, but with a small baby I would say this isn’t a problem. Pushing your baby in the pram with your three year old sitting on the pram would be a different story.
NB is a nice little spot perfect for a little visit with your little one complete with water, a small patch of sand, grass and shady spots too. The grass leads towards some wide steps (wide enough to set yourself up on) which in turn leads onto the sand (again, so confusing but you’ll see from the pics I’ve added below).
When we went there were four other moms with kids ranging from a few months to about 5 years old. The tide had come in so there wasn’t much of a sandy spot for sand castles but it meant that my 1 year old could walk in the water for quite a while before it got deep.
It did concern me that there was a sign up warning you of ‘stingers’ but it didn’t seem to prevent anyone from getting in the water and I didn’t come across anything. What we did see were tons of fish that swam up to us as we stood in the water, it was really lovely. The water was also ridiculously warm, ridiculously ridiculously warm, bath water warm and I have no explanation for it 🙂
I’ve also included a few pics of the grassy area so you get an idea of the place and its size. What you can’t see in the pictures is that towards the end of th Baths on the left hand side are swimming lanes. There were a few people taking advantage of it but the whole atmosphere is very quiet and chilled.
I’ll definitely go back with the baby and my 3 year old as it’s shallow enough for both kids to have a great time, no waves means no dunking and it’s a contained area where I can monitor them both at once.
Just so you know, there aren’t any lifeguards so don’t take your kids swimming at NB if this is a prerequisite.
Hope you enjoy it if you give it a go!
Oh, on the two issues I read, 1) take your own snacks if you need to eat and 2) the hill isn’t great but it’s small in comparison to others.