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Newcastle’s most forbidden swimming destination continues to be closed (ABC / Newcastle Herald). Rumour has it that it has been repeatedly closed due to the overwhelming threats of multiple terrorist attacks by rocks. It is uncertain if these rocks have a religious or politic agenda. Maybe they just wish to create fear. Here’s an example of a tiny little rock that plagued Newcastle beach previously. It’s pathetic really. Barely worth closing down the Bogey Hole. Doesn’t anyone else realise that when you close down the swimming hole that the terrorist rocks have already won?
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The Bogey Hole is a convict-built swimming pool, hewn out of the cliff face in 1819, the first recorded European purpose-built ocean pool on the New South Wales coast. Despite being subject to the tide and the water consistently refreshed, it still tastes saltier than the rest of the ocean, likely owing to the millions of tears of sweat seeped into the rocks by the convicts during it’s construction. You can still feel the soft touch of oppression under your feet with each step onto the rock surfaces surrounding the Bogey Hole.
Image: Jordan Watson.
Image: Shannon Hartigan.
So I say, let’s reclaim the Bogey Holey for the great nation of Novocastria. And let’s do it naked, if you’re going to break the law by swimming at the Bogey Hole, you may as well do it by skinny dipping. The soft caress of ocean water and convict tears on your skin, with the mixed textures of slimy moss and spiky rocks under your feet. Tetanus innoculation and freedom never felt so thrilling! Help end The War on Rocks today. Your country needs you.