How to find the stunning swimming holes of Royal National Park’s Kangaroo Creek an hour from Sydney

The crystal clear sparkling pools you’ve NEVER heard of that are hidden in a lush forest less than an hour from a major Aussie city

  • A stunning creek just outside of Sydney is drawing in travellers in droves
  • Kangaroo Creek is in Royal National Park less than an hour south of the CBD
  • The creek hides a series of enchanting swimming spots in the pristine forest 
  • At one swimming hole a cascading waterfall flows into an clear emerald pool 

Adventure seekers are calling an incredible natural pool one of the country’s best hidden swimming spots. 

A trickling waterfall flows into an emerald pool along Kangaroo Creek in Royal National Park just south of Sydney and a 50 minute drive from the CBD. 

Visitors can find an array of other stunning swimming holes at along the creek on the area’s hiking trails that winds through the lush untouched forest. 

Travellers have discovered a secluded patch in a major national park just outside one of Australia's biggest cities that hides emerald swimming holes fed by trickling waterfalls

Travellers have discovered a secluded patch in a major national park just outside one of Australia’s biggest cities that hides emerald swimming holes fed by trickling waterfalls

A trickling waterfall flows into an emerald pool along Kangaroo Creek in Royal National Park just south of Sydney and a 50 minute drive from the CBD

A trickling waterfall flows into an emerald pool along Kangaroo Creek in Royal National Park just south of Sydney and a 50 minute drive from the CBD

Visitors can find an array of other stunning swimming holes at along the creek on the area's hiking trails that winds through the lush untouched forest

Visitors can find an array of other stunning swimming holes at along the creek on the area’s hiking trails that winds through the lush untouched forest

Clear green waters are framed by rugged rock faces where water cascades down into the pool, especially after a bout of rain adding to the charm of the secluded hidden gem. 

Magnificent snaps of Kangaroo Creek’s pristine waters and surrounding bushland have been flooding social media as the weather warms up.  

Along the picturesque trails, travellers will pass a series of small waterfalls under towering eucalyptus trees and may even come across some of the local fauna including goannas, cockatoos and kangaroos. 

Travel bloggers, The Wildlife Diaries, detailed how to find the trail that leads to Kangaroo Creek saying the started at the Currawong flat picnic area and headed towards the signpost for Robertson Roundabout.  

Clear green waters are framed by rugged rock faces where water cascades down into the pool, especially after a bout of rain adding to the charm of the secluded hidden gem

Clear green waters are framed by rugged rock faces where water cascades down into the pool, especially after a bout of rain adding to the charm of the secluded hidden gem

Magnificent snaps of Kangaroo Creek's pristine waters and surrounding bushland have been flooding social media as the weather warms up

Magnificent snaps of Kangaroo Creek’s pristine waters and surrounding bushland have been flooding social media as the weather warms up

There are also a number of spectacular hikes, trails, waterfalls and swimming holes along Kangaroo Creek to explore

There are also a number of spectacular hikes, trails, waterfalls and swimming holes along Kangaroo Creek to explore

Up a set of steep stone stairs, there is a fork in the road where walkers will need to take a right on Engadine track then follow the signs to Kangaroo Creek. 

They said to cross the creek and follow it for about 700 metres over rocky boulders and through the stunning bushland to find a tranquil pool and waterfall. 

There are also a number of spectacular hikes, trails, waterfalls and swimming holes along Kangaroo Creek to explore. 

The bloggers found another place to take a dip 100metres upstream from the waterfall as well as a mini swimming hole with a perfectly straight rock edge that looks like a natural infinity pool.  

How to find Kangaroo Creek’s stunning swimming holes 

  1. The walk begins at the far end of the Currawong Flat picnic area. You’ll almost immediately see a set of stairs leading up into the bush.
  2.  After 95m the trail flattens, but it’s quite brief and then you’ll begin climbing again.
  3. At the 150m mark you will reach a junction and take the trail on the right which is marked as Kangaroo Creek. 
  4. Once you’ve been walking for just under 500m, you’ll reach another junction and continue following the signs for Kangaroo Creek.
  5. Around 80m from the junction the track stops climbing and flattens for the next 300m.  
  6. Roughly 870m into the walk you begin descending towards the creek, it’s very gentle at first and then just under 300m later you will reach a set of metal staircases that will take you to the bottom of the creek.
  7. Approximately 50m to your right there is a small pool which is pretty, but no match for what you’ll find to the left 
  8. Once you’ve checked out this first pool, head back to the staircase and instead follow the path left. It is a little overgrown but easy to follow. 
  9. You’ll reach the end of the obvious trail after 180m at which point you will be standing on some large rocks. There’s a unique looking tree that marks the spot to look for. 
  10. Do not take the path to the left which is a bush bash. Instead climb down the rocks and cross the creek here, there’s a little splash of paint to reassure you you’re on the right track.
  11. From here, keep an eye out for little pink flags so that you know you’re going in the right direction. 
  12. Once you’re on the other side of the creek you are now just 270m from the main swimming hole.
  13. The rest of the path to the swimming hole is all flat, and easier than the little bit you’ve done from the bottom of the staircase.
  14. Although there is some debris in places, it’s still easy to follow, and you’ll very quickly arrive at the main swimming hole, which you’ll recognise by the rather dodgy looking rope swing.

Source: Walk My World

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