For many locals, the announcement of the reopening of the famous Bogey Hole in 2016 came as a delightful surprise. after we were told it was going to be closed indefinitely at the end of 2015. Built in 1819 by convict labour under the order of Commandant Morisset who wanted the swimming spot for his own personal use, it was originally known as the Commandants Baths. It was later renamed the Bogey Hole after the Indigenous word meaning ‘to bathe’. The swimming spot was enjoyed by many locals and tourists up until 2015, when it was temporarily closed to allow the Council to assess the risk of rock falls and cliff collapse. After three months of closure, the Department of Primary Industries declared it would remain shut indefinitely due to serious cliff instability directly above the popular spot. However, after a major upgrade which saw massive bolts installed into the side of the cliff and fencing put in place to catch falling rocks, it was eventually reopened. If you’re someone who likes to take a dip in the ocean but hates getting sand in their shoes, the Bogey Hole is a place you have to check out if somehow you haven’t already.