If the Tootie Cascades was easy to reach, this idyllic spot would no doubt be very busy on a weekend… but as the only way to get there is via a few untracked and demanding routes, there’s a pretty good chance of having the deep swimming hole to yourself. The cascades and pools are on Tootie Creek in Wollemi National Park, about 2.2km upstream of where the creek joins the Colo River. The main pool is just below a wide waterfall, and is perfect for a swim on a hot day.
Just below the large pool is “The Spa”, where another the creek cascades into a narrow channel.
There’s one last cascade, where the water drops into another rocky pool.
Getting to the Tootie Cascades
There’s no track to Tootie Cascades: the “easiest” routes use the T3 Track, which starts at the end of the T3 Trail (a firetrail accessed via Mountain Lagoon Road from Bilpin):
- follow the T3 Trail, which is fairly rough pad, down to the Colo River, then walk about 2.2km up Tootie Creek
- after about 1.2km along the T3 Trail, veer left (north-west) down a spur that ends at the cascades.
It’s also possible to do a loop bushwalk that starts at the end of the T3 Trail.
The T3 Trail is suitable with care for a 2WD vehicle, but an SUV/AWD or 4WD with a bit of clearance is recommended.