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Swimming Hole Heaven in NSW and the ACT
Your guide to the best swimming holes

New South Wales and the ACT have a widely varying topography and climate, which makes for great variety of swimming holes. Swimming Hole Heaven includes some great swimming holes along the south coast, the River Murray, national parks south of Sydney, and the Murrumbidgee corridor around Canberra. It is slowly expanding to other parts of the State. I've also included a guide to indoor public pool water temperatures in Sydney and Canberra when the weather is cold. Swimming Hole Heaven in New South Wales and the ACT Above: Discover swimming holes such as Corunna Point on swimmingholeheaven.com (Order this image)
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Click on the heading of each region to find your next swimming day trip or holiday destination or alternatively search by map. Swim safe, have fun and remember that no matter how cold the water is, it's alright once you're in!

Canberra and the ACT

Swimming Hole Heaven in Canberra and the ACT The Australian Capital Territory has six swimming holes personally endorsed by a local Minister, plus several other spots along the Murrumbidgee, Cotter and Paddy Rivers. I've also swam in some of Canberra's urban lakes (as was my patriotic duty)…

South Coast of New South Wales

Swimming Hole Heaven on the NSW South Coast From Woollongong to Eden, east of the Great Dividing Range, here are some fantastic waterfalls, rock slides, reservoirs and ocean pools, as well as some of the best swimming estuaries in Australia…

Southern New South Wales (inland)

Swimming Hole Heaven in southern inland NSW Here are some swimming holes in southern New South Wales, including a warm spring and several swimming spots along the mighty River Murray. This area covers swims in the southern half of the State, west of the Great Dividing Range, excluding the ACT…

In and around Sydney

Swimming Hole Heaven in and around Sydney Surrounded by national park on three sides and stunning ocean pools along the other, Sydney is blessed with swimming holes. Here are some in the Heathcote National Park and the Royal National Park south of Sydney, and a couple of ocean pools…

Northern New South Wales swims are not available at the current time.

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.

Want to take a swimming holiday in Victoria?

Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria After more than a decade of research, here are my top 50 swimming holes in Victoria. Make the most of your holiday when you head south of the border, including some swims that are within easy reach of southern NSW.

Too cold for a swim? Visit a waterfall

Waterfall Seasons - The Waterfall Guide My companion website Waterfall Seasons - The Waterfall Guide lists 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.

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