Girrakool Waterfall (or Girrakool Falls) is formed by Piles Creek plunging over a wide rock platform, into a shallow pool.
The waterfall is best seen from Bundilla Lookout, reached via a short walk. You can also get to the base of the falls, but this requires some off-track scrambling down to the creek.
Although the falls rarely dry up, they are best after rain.
Swimming at Girrakool Falls
As it’s a bit tricky to get to the base of the waterfall, you’ll probably have the swimming hole to yourself if you venture down – so although I’ve noted access to the waterfall (lookout) is Easy, reaching the swimming hole and base of the falls is Moderate/Hard. The water is faiely deep in the middle of the pool, and it’s fairly easy to go in and out of the water with flat rocks at the opposite end to the waterfall.
Getting to Girrakool Waterfall
Girrakool Waterfall is about an hour from Sydney or 15 minutes from Gosford; from the Central Coast Hwy/A49 take the B83 (for 2.5km) then turn left onto Girrakool Rd to the Girrakool Picnic Area. Facilities here include toilets, BBQ, and picnic tables – a National Parks fee applies.