This what I always thought they were called but to tell a contractor at concreting company http://modernconcreteconcepts.com.au/ what you want you should say washed aggregate concrete, they would have probably understood when you said you wanted a pebbled path but this way you know you have a clear understanding with them of what it is you are after.
They look nice but I have never been a fan of having pebbles concreted in around the house yard or as a patio floor, they tend to get slippery when they are wet and because I have tender feet they always make my feet hurt when I am walking around barefoot, not to mention in summer some of the stones or aggregate can get really hot. They stones are all different materials and minerals so some harbor heat longer than others, I know there are people out there right now saying that isn’t true but I have sat on the stuff and I can tell you some of the stones feel hotter than others.
Around pool areas and high traffic areas you are supposed to use finer aggregate, this is to provide comfort to bare feet and for roads and driveways larger coarser pebbles are used this is for longevity and to provide runoff in wet conditions. Here is a bit off a problem though, they say not to use smooth pebbles near areas that are going to be exposed to water because they can become slippery but then they go on to say that areas that are going to encounter foot traffic should be covered in rounded pebbles not crushed or angular aggregate that will damage feet.
So which one are you supposed to use around a pool area, the one that will prevent slipping and sliding from washed aggregate concrete finish when wet or the one that won’t be harsh on your feet, is it worse to be falling on your butt all the time or have your feet bruised every time you go near the water. Bit confused about the choices there, maybe they have special pool pebble and I just haven’t come across it yet. To tell you the truth I have never really taken much notice when I have been to a pool with pebbled areas around it, I have never slipped over and my feet always feel a bit tender after trotting around on it, so I presume they have gone with the angular, crushed option and have opted for safety over comfort.
Probably a wise decision in an age of being able to sue people for having coffee too hot, it’s called sipping you idiots and not drinking a coffee while you are driving. Sometimes when people have wet feet and they have just hopped out from a pool they will slip over, but in the cases of public pools it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to dealing with the general public.