This takes you down the Bullimah Spur, from where there are stunning views over Maitland Bay and Bouddi National Park, to Bullimah Outlook. The final steep but short section climbs up to Ruined Castle, a natural rock outcrop in the middle of the Jamison Valley from which there is a magnificent 360-degree view. There’s also Wollangambe Two (Lower Section) which is accessed from the Cathedral Reserve Camping Ground in Mount Wilson. Round them up, pack some supplies and head off for a day at one of these stunning natural pools.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info.

Only women and children may enter the waters of Minerva Pool. Starting at the Maitland Bay carpark, take the well-trodden (main) Maitland Bay Track before veering right onto the Bullimah Spur Track after about 100m. Minerva Pool walking track winds through the traditional country of the Aboriginal Dharawal People. But with some preparation, these are a great way to stay cool on days where you really don’t want to be walking!

A combination of the Sphinx, Warrimoo and Bobbin Head tracks makes a nice circuit in the Ku-ring-gai National Park.

These links have no influence on our editorial content. The hike down to the pools is on the easy side, relatively. ( Log Out /  Bring torch – but don’t shone the torch at the glow worms. Clean and deep swimming hole with a relatively short walk in, Not too crowded on weekends (although you won’t have the place to yourself). rope. The Blue Mountains is really the only option for “mountains”, although you’re generally descending into a deep valley rather than climbing a peak! The nearest facilities are at Heathcote, so make sure to pack provisions if you’re planning to make a day of it. As you wander, keep an eye out for Sydney golden wattle and mountain devil shrub, which the Dharawal People use for bush food and medicine. All year round.

Bobbin Head Circuit, Ku-ring-gai NP (9.7km circuit), Swimming Holes and Summer Walks McCarrs Creek Reserve is good for a picnic, or a stroll, a barbecue or some general contemplative 'me' time. Come on a weekday and you’ll probably have the water to yourself! Should this walk be included? Got a furry friend? If you're lucky, you may spot the swamp wallabies or yellow-tailed black cockatoos that call this park home.

14km return (6.6km starting via Golden Staircase is shortest option), Follow Mt Hay Road from Leura for 10km (last 8km is on a rough dirt road, suitable for 2WD with careful driving). If you’re feeling adventurous, you can continue around the coast to the secluded Flannel Flower Beach.

Dharawal National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. We return the same way back to the car, having enjoyed a swim and a nice walk to both of Dharawal’s swimming holes.

npws.illawarrahighlands@environment.nsw.gov.au, Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, Become a Parks Eco Pass licensed tour operator, Unit G Ground Floor, 84 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500. There’s a picnic area (with BBQs) and a lookout nearby. seven huts that were abandoned in 1984 after their last occupants were forced out. My heart-rate averaged around the 140bpm so if I can do this, so can many others. Your email address will not be published. You’ll find plunge pools you can swim in, waterfalls you can walk over and mountain walks so awe-inspiring they'll make you feel small. The Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council asks that only women and children enter the waters of Minerva Pool. Once you reach the bottom, the Federal Pass track along the Jamison Valley takes you past abandoned shale mines and rusting steel buckets from a failed “flying fox”, before traversing a boulder field that was caused by a landslide in 1931. The challenge with many of these walks is the they are more “urban walks” than bushwalks. As well as being a fairly calm beach that’s great for swimming, Maitland Bay is home to the wreck of the SS Maitland, which sank in 1898, located at the far end of the beach.

Park info. Located a reasonably short hike (roughly three kilometres) from Heathcote train station, this collection of rock pools – the largest reaching 20 metres in length – is flanked by flat, rocky outcrops, ideal for a lazy arvo of sun-worshipping between dips. Walking down, make sure you keep your ears wide open to hear the sounds of nature insects, birds, even the creaking of the trees. One of the newest national parks in NSW (it was declared a National Park in 2012), Dharawal National Park is featured on many Web sites for its two swimming holes – Jingga Pool (below) and the women-only Minerva Pool. Here there are signs clearly showing the different walking and cycling options. If you don’t feel comfortable doing one of these sections, there is a short “horseshoe” at the beginning of Wollangambe One that involves some wading (depending on river height) and gives you a taste of the canyon without committing to being many hours in the water.

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Dharawal National Park - Campbelltown City Council The park also offers longer walks that descend into the creek gorges where many bush-fringed swimming holes can be found. View of the sheltered beach from Clontarf Reserve, Views from Crater Cove, with Manly visible top left. Required fields are marked *. The sign said the area was culturally significant to the Tharawal local Aboriginal land council and that only women and children could enter the waters.

The Dharawal pools are made up of two pools, Minerva Pool (Pictured) and Jingga Pool. Great if like me youre there to photograph the landscape. There are other walks in the park which Ill be sure to check out later and itd be great if you could, too. Your next park adventure starts here. For more information, click here. We aim to share as much of Australian beauty as possible, and give you the tools to help! Picture: Sally Tertini and Steve Pollard.

Following the original route down the cliff to the water, you can enter and explore most of the concrete gun casings.

It’a really nice walk with some great views of the Wolgan Valley. 6.8km for both Jingga Pool and Minerva Pool.

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The walk starts at the slightly incongruous Sphinx Memorial, carved out of sandstone by a returned soldier memory of lives lost in the First World War. The whole walk takes about 3 and a half hours completing the whole circuit. 5. Depending on how far you want to go, you can make the walk as long as 18km (from Little Beach car park to the end of Putty Beach), or start at Maitland Bay for an 11km return walk. It was busy on a summer weekend with local kids jumping off the rock and enjoying the cool water. Public transport best. Just before reaching the pool there’s a short side-track to a viewing platform. Sounds hard, but truly its not. The sign said the area was culturally significant to the Tharawal local Aboriginal land council and that only women and children could enter the waters. Train to Otford on the South Coast line and ferry to Bundeena from Cronulla (short walk from Cronulla station). If you’re looking for a walk that’s a bit different, here’s a couple of options. Wollangambe One (Upper Section) is accessed from the Mt Wilson fire station, with a steep walk down (and of course a steep walk back up) to get to the Wollangambe River.

Change ). Theres a lookout with a bench seat that lets you rest a moment and absorb the tranquility.

Please enable javascript to access the full functionality of this site. The reserve is also an underrated fishing spot where you can land whiting, bream and flathead among other finned goodies (don't forget your.

The well-marked track closely follows the coast through a variety of flora, from coastal heath to rainforest. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

As soon as I arrived at the Dharawal National Park in Wedderburn I knew I was in for a special time at Minerva Pool. Sounds hard, but truly its not. 27km (8-10 hours).

Rocks litter the track all the way down. (It may be possible to follow O’hares Creek and Stokes Creek between Jingga Pool and Minerva Pool – but it would be slow going as the rocks are very slippery and the scrub along the creek is quite dense. Short but fun track with a steel ladder and multiple WWII embankments you can explore, Option to go “off track” and visit a secluded beach. Your email address will not be published. Selecting the “best walks” near Sydney is not an easy task… for a start, there’s over 500 bushwalks to select from, ranging from a few hundred metres to multi-day hikes. Regardless of which way you go, the destination is a 400m-long abandoned railway tunnel, now home to thousands of glow worms. There’s a warning sign – ignored by a few swimmers – which explains that Minerva Pool is a sacred women’s place for the Dharawal People, and only women and children should enter the water. If you just want the views, you can start from Austinmer station (or Foothills Road if driving) and do the short but crazily-steep track up to Sublime Point. 13.

This Blue Mountains walk starts from Mt Hay Road near Leura, and is one of the less-visited trails.

Minerva Pool is a sacred women’s place for the Aboriginal Dharawal People. Much of the track is through rainforest, with thick vines hanging down from towering coachwood and sassafrass trees. From this rocky outcrop there’s a rough but well-marked track that continues all the way down to the main Bouddi Coastal Track. Rocks litter the track all the way down. This is one of my favourite day walks around Sydney. There is a cafe at Sublime Point, a park and picnic area accessible by car.

Ruined Castle, Blue Mountains NP (14km return / 4-5 hours) 12.

This reserve is a perfect destination for a Sunday drive with friends, and the views over Pittwater are spectacular. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Tread with respect in Dharawal National Park: this landscape of forest, swamps, waterfalls and rockpools south of Campbelltown is of spiritual significance to the …

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