Engadine, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Glimpsing the water of Engadine Lagoon through the trees on the last part of the trail, you suddenly realize this is going to be even lovelier than you imagined. Then, stepping down the last of the rocky outcrops and around a few boulders you find yourself on a flat table of rock between the lagoon and a couple of small caves. You can almost feel the presence of the Aboriginal people who must have used this as shelter and the Woronora River as a water source. You might even consider moving into one of the caves yourself, just for the view. The lagoon is very large and deep and plenty big enough for a proper swim. Ensconced in the valley with nothing but bush surrounding you, there is an pervading feeling of tranquility which will soon calm any stresses away (if you are lucky enough to get it uncrowded).
How To Get There: Park on the junction of Woronora Road and Carmel Place in Engadine. There are a few spaces next to a locked gate with a sign. Go round the gate and follow the road, taking the left fork*. Continue straight on down the hill at the crossroads by the pipe (there is a sign for Engadine Lagoon Trail)**. When you come to the large turning circle, take the trail which leads straight ahead and make your way down the hill, over the rocks, to the lagoon.
*The right fork leads down to The Needles Swimming hole, further downriver
**Just after this pipeline you will see a very small trail leading into the bushes on the left. This is the trail to Little Engadine Lagoon, which is smaller but often quieter.
It is around a 3km from Engadine Train Station to the start of the trail. From Engadine Station walk south until you see the grassy expanse of Preston Park across the road. Cross the Princes Highway and go up Engadine Avenue into Engadine (with the park on your right). Continue straight over the roundabout following Engadine Avenue until it meets Woronora Road. Turn right onto Woronora Road and follow it for around 2km until you reach the junction with Carmel Place, where you will see the parking area and locked gate. You can then follow the above directions.
Difficulty of access: 4/10 – A 20 minute walk beginning on a fire trail and then on a fairly clear bush trail with some slight scrambling over boulders.
Opening Times/Seasons: All day/all year
Entrance Fee: None
Facilities Nearby: None. There are public toilets back in Engadine and at service stations on the main road.
Other Activities: Some of the trails and roads in the area are suitable for mountain biking.
Other Places of Interest Nearby: This area is right next door to the Royal national Park and the Heathcote National Park, both of which boast stunning scenery and plenty more swimming holes.
Wildlife: Wallaby prints abound on the trails so go quietly and get lucky enough to spot one.
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Where to Camp: Woronora Village Tourist Park has a small number of powered and unpowered sites for tents and vans and direct access to the Woronora River for canoeing or fishing.
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Nearby Towns: Engadine, Sydney, Wooloongong.
Comments: This is an awesome area to explore with several large swimming holes. It’s really surprising to come across such beautiful, natural spots in the middle of suburbia!