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Heathcote Creek Crossing
Heathcote National Park, New South Wales


 
Through the marvels of accidental engineering, this shallow pool is possibly the only one along Heathcote Creek that has tiny beach. The coarse sand accumulates behind the concrete ford for vehicle access along the Pipeline Trail, with the pipes for conveying water through the ford set well above the water level for the pool. It's not as deep as the other well known pools along Heathcote Creek, and it's probably better suited to less experienced swimmers and those looking to cool down mid-way along the Pipeline Trail in a pool where they can see and feel the bottom. A sand walkway extends out at least five metres into the water. The pool at Heathcote Creek Crossing Above: The pool at Heathcote Creek Crossing (Order gifts or prints of this image)

The pool is located on the Pipeline Trail, right next to the junction with the Bullawarring Track. In addition to the little beach, you can pop your gear up on the ford to keep it dry, or the rock shelves that line both sides of the pool.
On the other side of the ford, if you follow the cutting through the rock there are two pools downstream as well, but these are very shallow and not suitable for swimming, and are only suitable for splashing about. The beach at Heathcote Creek Crossing Above: The beach at Heathcote Creek Crossing (Order gifts or prints of this image)
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:-34.095857 Longitude:150.979466
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 3 km. About 1.2 km past Mirang Pool you will see this spot where the Pipeline Trail crosses the creek. The best pool is immediately upstream of the crossing. Walking is very easy along the Pipeline Trail, but moderately steep down the Goburra Track. 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: None
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Mild
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Sand entry with occasional large sandstone rocks in the deeper water
Maximum water depth: 1-2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Beginners (under supervision)

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: Limited to no shade available in or out of the water.
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: None
Accommodation Options: There is no camping at Heathcote Creek Crossing. Campsites are available at Mirang Pool (capacity of 12 occupants at any given time) and the Lake Eckersley Campground (capacity of six occupants at any given time), for one night stays only. These are both located along the Pipeline Trail, within 1.2 km of the Heathcote Creek Crossing. 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: Mirang Pool, 1.2 km back towards Heathcote along the Pipeline Trail and Lake Eckersley, 800 metres 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 creek crossing.
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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