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Mirang Pool
Heathcote National Park, New South Wales


 
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. Sand entry to deep water at Mirang Pool near the campground Above: Sand entry to deep water at Mirang Pool near the campground (Order gifts or prints of this image)

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. The rock shelf at the downstream end of Mirang Pool Above: The rock shelf at the downstream end of Mirang Pool (Order gifts or prints of this image)

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.

Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: 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.
Latitude:-34.090234 Longitude:150.988843
Getting there: 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.
Facilities: Campground but no other facilities.
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Mild
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Mostly sandstone, but with sand entry and leaf litter on the inside bend
Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Experienced

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.
Sun shade: Shade available in the water except during the middle of the day. Shade available out of the water.
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: None
Accommodation Options: Campsites are available at the Mirang Pool Campground for up to 12 people at any one time, limited to one night stays only. You can book these through the managing authority for a nominal fee ($12 per night last time I checked). If you are staying overnight in the area and don't want to camp, or want to stay longer than a single night, you can try accommodation in nearby Heathcote.
Managing authority: 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.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the pool.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website. If you are visiting this swimming spot and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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