Sydney’s coastline and harbour has a series of beautiful rock pools that have been cut into the base of cliffs and rocky headlands. Nearly every Sydney beach has one ocean pool which is usually located at the southern end, to give swimmers some protection when the southerly winds bring cold air and big seas. Some were built by wealthy people in the 1800s, others by convicts. They come in all shapes and sizes and each one has its own colourful history and interesting anecdotes. Find more stunning images in Ignacio Palacios’ book Sydney Rock Pools.