Regarded as “one of the best swimming locations in the national park”, the South West Arm Pool is a large and deep pool along the South West Arm Creek.
As well as being deep enough for swimming, the pool has a sandy beach at one end, and low cliff you can jump off (or swing from a rope) into the water. (It’s also pretty clean water, as the creek originates within the national park.)
Although the South West Arm Pool is becoming more well known, it’s generally fairly quiet and secluded, requiring a short off-track walk to get there.
Getting to South West Arm Pool
The easiest way to get to the South West Arm Pool is via firetrail from Warumbal Road (off Sir Bertram Steven Drive), which is about a 50 minute drive from Sydney. The firetrail descends fairly gently before getting steeper and rockier for the last few hundred metres, before reaching Winifred Falls. You can also swim at the waterfall.
Clamber down to the base of the waterfall, and follow the creek downstream. Sometimes there’s a bit of a trail, but don’t expect a formed track. While not particularly difficult, it’s not really suitable for very young children as there is a bit of scrambling. The total off-track distance from the waterfall is about 0.5km.
Along the way you’ll pass another small (unnamed) waterfall, where a side-creek flows into South West Arm Creek.
Just above South West Arm Pool is a small cascade, where South West Arm Creek flows into the deep pool. You can enter the water here, or carefully cross the creek above the cascade to get to the jumping spots on the other side.