Like most of the swimming holes along Marramarra Creek, the problem with The Duckpond is that by the time you’ve hiked back to the car… you’ll need another swim. The deep pool is on the upper reaches of Marramarra Creek, before the creek becomes tidal. On the eastern side is a small, sandy bank that provides easy access into the water.
The pool is surrounded by all trees, and on the eastern side is a shallow but long cave that has a few signs of previous inhabitation.
The water quality is reasonable; Marramarra Creek and is tributaries suffer from rural land-use in it’s upper catchment. It generally has elevated nutrient levels which exceed the Regional Environmental Health Values or RHEV (recommended maximum levels), but bacterial levels are low and consistently comply with REHVs.
Getting to The Duckpond
The most direct way to get to the pool is by following the Duckponds Ridge Trail (which starts on the Old Northern Road in Canoelands) to the end, then “bush-bashing” down to Marramarra Creek. The Duckponds Ridge to The Duckpond bushwalk is about 5km each way.
- Hornsby Shire Council – Waterway Health Review (1995-2017)