‘Bicton Baths’ was developed in 1926, initiated by the local Melville Amateur Swimming Club, which made good use of the existing quarantine station jetty as a swimming platform. In 1946 the Melville Water Polo Club was founded at the baths. The club was instrumental in facilitating the present-day Bicton Pool, built in 1979. Today, Bicton Baths is a significant place for community enjoyment and connections through sport, leisure activities and annual events.
Bicton Baths is situated in a tidal gorge and heavily influenced by ocean water inflow, this location is a haven for biodiversity. A variety of marine creatures make their home here, taking advantage of the mixture of limestone and sandy features. Take a look under water at this location and you will find anemones, starfish, sponges, nudibranchs, seahorses and a wide assortment of algae, shrimp, crabs and fish.
To Noongars this area is known as Kwoppa Kepa, which translates to “beautiful water” in Noongar. To learn about the Whadjuk Noongar cultural significance of this site, download the free ‘Geotourist’ app and search for the trail 'Jenna Biddi Yorga', which will guide you to a series of audio stories shared by Whadjuk Elders.
Also, look out for the wooden interpretation facility to learn more about Bicton Baths.
Photo: Ben Ansell DPaW