New South Wales has a widely varying topography and climate, which makes for great variety in its swimming holes.
The South Coast, from Woollongong down to Eden, east of the Great Dividing Range, includes coastal estuaries,
waterfalls, mountain reservoirs and ocean rockpools. Many of these swimming spots are in wilderness areas. The best time of
year for swimming in the outdoors in this region is roughly from September to April, when the weather is at its
warmest and days above 30 degrees are possible across most of the region. Peak swimming conditions occur in summer and
early Autumn from December to March, however note that it can also rain more often in these months, so check the weather forecast
before heading out.
Select Your Swim:
Click on the heading of each location 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!
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 itís 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…
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…
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 running alongside.
Launch your inflatable on the outgoing high tide for the best swimming conditions. This is also one of the few swims
along the coast that can also offer 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…
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 with several metres of visibility under the water,
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
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.
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.
My companion website Ankle Deep Water
lists shallow water play areas
that I have come across during my search for swimming holes. These are for splashing rather than swimming and
most are suitable for toddlers (under supervision), so they can be a great option if you have a young family.
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