This odd body of water purports not only to have a salinity content seven times that of the ocean, but is also rumoured to boast curious healing powers.
Could this be Australia’s answer to the Dead Sea? Travel all the way to the tiny SA seaside town of Beachport on Rivoli Bay on the extremely pretty Bowman Scenic Drive and you’ll find the mysterious Pool of Siloam.
This odd body of water purports not only to have a salinity content seven times that of the ocean, but is also rumoured to boast curious healing powers. Don’t confuse this particular floating attraction with the biblical Pool of Siloam, near which Jesus is said to have famously cured a man blind since birth. This Pool of Siloam, although named for its more famous cousin just outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, makes slightly less dramatic claims: certain elderly residents of nearby towns along the Limestone Coast recommend carrying buckets of the pool’s water home to warm up and soak in, in order to ease various mild ailments.
The pool is fed by underground springs, which means the water level isn’t effected by the nearby ocean – you can bob about, reading a book, at any time of the day or night. And an early morning swim (even if you’re a non-swimmer, since the salt content means you can happily float on the surface) when the water’s glassy, there’s not another person in sight and you’re accompanied only by the sound of the birds singing is surely heaven on Earth.
“FOR THOSE WANTING A TRULY HEALING EXPERIENCE.” – Sandra Sully
WHERE // On the outskirts of Beachport, 385km southeast of Adelaide.
DID YOU KNOW? // According to the International Society for Salt Lake Research (motto: “Whatever floats your boat!”), the actual Dead Sea is the saltiest body of water on Earth at about 8.6 times the salinity of your average ocean.