Although there are a few places you can swim along Kangaroo Creek in the Royal National Park, Karloo Pool is one of the best natural swimming holes around Sydney. The pool is about 20m long and 10m wide, and up to three metres deep, and has a wide ledge that makes getting into the water fairly easy. The creek is surrounded by bush, with a large, shaded rock platform on one side – which is likely to get busy on a warm day. The water is also very clean – even after it’s been raining – as Kangaroo Creek originates in the Royal National Park.
The only real downside to Karloo Pool is that it gets fairly busy; to avoid the crowds, continue to the even more impressive and secluded Olympic Pool further down Kangaroo Creek.
Getting to Karloo Pool
There are a few bushwalking trails which take you to the pool:
- From Heathcote (5.5km return) – the most direct way is from Heathcote station, following the signposted Karloo Track down to Kangaroo Creek and the swimming pool.
- Heathcote to Waterfall via Uloola Falls (10.9km one-way) – this popular bushwalk between Heathcote Station and Waterfall Station passes Karloo Pool and Uloola Falls.
- Heathcote to Waterfall via Kangaroo Creek (12.7km one-way) – a more challenging version of the previous walk, this route follows Kangaroo Creek up to Karloo Pool, before taking the Karloo Track up to the station.