New South Wales 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. This guide includes some great swimming holes along the south coast, the River Murray, and the Murrumbidgee corridor around Canberra, and 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.
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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! The Australian Capital Territory has six swimming holes personally endorsed by a local Minister from the ACT government, 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), and for the colder months, included a list of Canberra's warmest pools for swimming when the frost descends… 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. Includes a good mix of fresh and salt water swimming opportunities, as well as wilderness swims…
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… Surrounded by national park on three sides and a line of stunning ocean rock pools along the other, Sydney is blessed with plenty of swimming holes. Here are some swimming holes along the Hawkesbury-Nepean, the Blue Mountains, Ku-ring-gai Chase and surrounding national parks…

Northern New South Wales swims are coming soon.

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 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. 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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