This is my guide to some amazing estuaries, ocean pools, waterfalls, rivers and lakes for swimming along the south coast of NSW, from Woollongong to Eden.
The best time of year for swimming in the outdoors in this region is roughly from September to April,
when the weather is warmer, with most estuaries along the coast offering better swimming conditions when their entrance is open. Below are the swimming holes that I have
been lucky enough to visit in this region so far.
Above: Discover swimming holes such as Nangudga Lake at Handkerchief Beach on swimmingholeheaven.com
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Select Your Swim:
Click on the heading of each location to find your next swimming day trip or holiday destination or
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Swim safe, have fun and remember that no matter how cold the water is, it's alright once you're in!
Rivers, Lakes, Waterfalls and Estuaries:
Brogo Dam is a peaceful swimming spot, situated in the tranquil surrounds of the Wadbilliga National Park near Bega.
Floating out in the middle of the lake, turning away from the dam wall, it is hard to imagine that the rest of the world still exists…
Popular with water-skiers and jet-skiers that park their boats on the beach, this saltwater
lake is best for swimming on a weekday when the water craft are not around and you can enjoy
a swim and a lakeside bbq lunch in this neat and picturesque little picnic area…
The outlet of Corunna Lake is a long, sandy channel that bifurcates around a sandbar at the ocean. It's a
bit trickier to reach than other estuaries along this stretch of coastline, but with generally swifter currents
the tubing opportunities on the change of tides are great…
A family friendly swimming spot in an estuary on the Sapphire Coast. Bring a lilo and float on the
rapid outgoing tide or play in the sandy shallows. The shifting sands make this swim different
every year but always heaps of fun…
Take the plunge off this thrilling natural rock slide into a bottomless pool in the
Biamanga National Park, if you dare. Please leave the boom boxes and the alcohol at
home at this site of Aboriginal cultural significance for young men, that has the best natural rock slide I have ever experienced…
Use the shiny new hand rail to keep your balance as you step down from the smooth concrete steps into
a deep pool in this sometimes fast flowing estuary. Great for snorkelling or floating in either
direction, or head to nearby sandbar for a rest…
This tube run stretches for over 300 metres along a narrow outlet channel with a huge sandy beach alongside.
Launch your inflatable on the outgoing high tide for the best swimming conditions. This swim offers good shade and wind cover if it is blustery elsewhere…
Enjoy swimming in a long, deep pool with cliffs on three sides and a waterfall at one end at this
picturesque swimming hole on the South Coast. Recently made even harder to get to, but it's still
one of the best in the State…
A stunning lap pool on the edge of the Pacific Ocean with a huge rock wall on one side and
uninterupted views along the coastline. One of the few salt water swims that is good enough to stand
alongside my favourite freshwater swimming holes…
This long ocean pool offers a gently sloping beach entry, sheltered by the headland and the breakwater of the Bermagui harbour, with
magnificent mountain views. A preferred option if the wind is howling at the Blue Pool or if
the stingers have arrived at the beach…
A 100 metre long netted swimming enclosure just inside the breakwater at the Narooma Harbour. It gets
deep quickly, with a little bit of swell, but it's great for snorkelling out near the net that
several types of fish have made their home…
Each swimming spot includes a link to swimming safety information
. Please make sure you
read that information before you head out, particularly if you are an inexperienced swimmer.
I'm always interested in hearing about and visiting new swimming holes, so feel free to share them
with me and suggest a swim
My companion website Waterfall Seasons - The Waterfall Guide
all of the waterfalls that I have visited during my search for swimming holes. You can swim at some of them, but most are
just for viewing and admiring. Great for a day trip when it's too chilly to get into the water.