Summary: Olympic Pool is a secluded and spectacular swimming hole on Kangaroo Creek in the Royal National park (downstream of Karloo Pool).

Further down Kangaroo Creek from the popular Karloo Pool is the Olympic Pool, named for both its size and rectangular-looking appearance on topogaphic maps. As you approach, you can see the long and straight sides of what looks from a distance like a swimming pool.

The spectacular and deep natural rock pool has been described as being “very deep with amazing colours that shine from the abalone shells underneath. It’s a freshwater pool and pure paradise”.

The swimming hole is surrounded by bush, with rock ledges on both sides and plenty of shade. It’s also less well-known than the Karloo Pool and a bit harder to reach, so while you may not have the pool to yourself, it’s unlikely to be busy or crowded.

Getting to Olympic Pool

There are a few bushwalking trails which take you to the pool:

  • From Heathcote (7.8km return) – the most direct way is from Heathcote station, following the signposted Karloo Track down to Karloo Pool and then continuing down Kangaroo Creek (stay on the left hand side of the creek)
  • Waterfall to Engadine via Karloo Pool (18.4km one-way) – combine the Uloola Firetrail, Karloo Track and Engadine track for this one-way between stations. The Olympic Pool requires a short detour.

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