Baina’s co-founder on Australia’s best swimming spots

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Here, at fashion journal, we aim to unveil the hidden spots in Australian cities that only the locals know about. There’s no gatekeeping here – this is a breakdown of the best parts of our cities. We want the underrated date spots, favorite restaurants, store treasure troves and bars that people always want to return to.

This week we explore seaside resorts in Melbourne and Sydney with Bailey Meredith, co-founder of Australian label Baina. As a maker of design-led organic cotton terry towels, Bailey believes in the power of an elevated bathing ritual. Along with their business partner Anna, the couple share a strong affinity for the beauty of bathing and use it as a way to unwind and reset after a long day.


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“For me, bathing is a way to disconnect from the outside world and be present with myself,” says Bailey. “It’s a simple act that offers so much relaxation and stillness. For me, bathing can either be a gentle awakening or a relaxing relaxation before bed.”

While our guides usually focus on food, drink and entertainment in a city, this week Bailey is sharing her favorite swimming spots in Sydney and Melbourne. Read on for their recommendations.

Melbourne

Comma, 10 – 12 Hill Street, Cremorne

When Bailey is in Melbourne she likes to go to Comma’s Cremorne for a massage and relaxation session. The boutique bathhouse and spa is “a contemporary twist on traditional Scandinavian bathing,” she explains. “For the best experience, I recommend alternating between the tub, sauna, and bucket shower.” As for indoor bathing essentials? Bailey recommends bringing “a book, a meditation podcast, a tall glass of water, magnesium salts, a candle, and a Baina bath towel.”

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Hot Springs Peninsula, 140 Springs Lane, Fingal

Like many locals, the Peninsula Hot Springs is a Bailey’s favorite swimming destination. The expansive geothermal hot springs are located on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, where you can also find a wealth of sleep, dining, wellness and spa experiences. “There’s something special about bathing in an outdoor hot spring pool,” says Bailey. “I discover new pools with every visit.”

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Melbourne City Baths, 420 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Opened in 1860, Melbourne City Baths is a historic bathing resort in the heart of the CBD. “It’s a classic public pool with a really nostalgic feel,” says Bailey. A true community center, the baths also offer group fitness classes, a bike studio, squash courts, and Reformer Pilates beds. “Although I don’t usually swim there, I’m obsessed with the architecture and the old-fashioned changing rooms with double doors,” says Bailey.

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Sydney

Wylie’s Baths, 4B Neptune Street, Coogee

Wylie’s Baths is the tide pool in Coogee, popular for its listed architecture and panoramic sea views. “It’s a favorite spot in Sydney,” says Bailey. “Wylie’s is an institution among many Sydneysiders and a place where I plan to spend much of my summer.”

When you head to an outdoor spot, Bailey sticks to swim essentials. “I’m not someone who packs a lot. All I need is some SPF, a pair of floats and my Baina pool towel.”

wylies.com.au

Japanese Bath House, 259 Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive, South Bowenfels

Just a two-hour drive from Sydney, the Japanese Bath House is an oasis in the Blue Mountains with an onsen, tea room and private buros (bathtubs). “[It’s a] Place that’s been on my list for a while,” says Bailey. “I recently returned to Australia and am planning a winter holiday very soon.”

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