Mirang Pool is a long, deep swimming hole on a bend of Heathcote Creek in the northern half of Heathcote National Park. The main attractions
at this particular pool are the large rock shelves that provide space for your gear just above the water line, and the equally large, submerged
shelves that provide a launch pad into deeper water. All this in a bush setting with a small campground on site.
Above: Sand entry to deep water at Mirang Pool near the campground
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There is no clear access into the water from the campground due to reeds and snags, but fortunately there are a few other spots with easy
entry. If you head about five metres downstream from the campground, you will find a small but steep sandy beach from which you can walk into
the water. Alternatively you can wander out about ten metres onto the submerged rock shelf at the downstream end, and then push off into deep water. The pool
itself is great for swimming, and provides an uninterrupted swim along most of its length.
If the main pool is crowded, there are two shallower pools, one upstream and one downstream, where you can also cool off.
Above: The rock shelf at the downstream end of Mirang Pool
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The campground is quite compact, but reasonably flat, and only a few metres from the water's edge. There is no dividing vegetation
between the sites, so it is best suited to groups or the socially minded.
Here is a video that I took on a still morning, which includes information on the walking track and swimming in the pool.
Other Information Before You Go:
Accessible from the Pipeline Trail, Heathcote National Park, near Heathcote,
38 km (approx. 1 hr drive to the start of the walk) south-west of Sydney.
There are several access points for the Pipeline Trail. I started from the Goburra Track, at
the end of Oliver Street in Heathcote, where you can park your car on the side of the road. This track takes you
over the hill and down natural sandstone steps to the Pipeline Trail. Follow the Pipeline Trail for approximately
1.5 km, where a little but well signposted track takes you down to the pool. Walking is very easy along the Pipeline Trail.
You can also catch the train to Heathcote, and then it's a 1 km walk across the Princes Hwy and
down Oliver Street to the start of the walking track.
Campground but no other facilities.
Mostly sandstone, but with sand entry and leaf litter on the inside bend
Maximum water depth:
Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required:
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No pets other than certified assistance animals, no smoking, no
campfires, no solid fuel burners, no gathering firewood, no generators, no amplified music.
Shade available in the water except during the middle of the day. Shade available out of the water.
Bush camping is available at this swimming hole, but is limited to one night stays only. If you want to stay near this swimming spot, you can try the following options.
All distances below to the start of the walk to Mirang Pool are by road or by foot, not as the crow flies, with Heathcote and Engadine the nearest town centres.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Nearby attractions: Lake Eckersley Campground
, 1.5 km further along the Pipeline Trail.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the pool.
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