Little Engadine Lagoon
Engadine, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Little Engadine Lagoon is as secluded as you can get get this close to the suburbia. It is reached via a little-used path and lies on a forgotten stretch of the Woronora River. Smaller, and perhaps marginally less beautiful than its big sister Engadine Lagoon, Little Engadine Lagoon has secrecy on its side. Since it is a little more off the beaten path, it is often less crowded and still offers a large expanse of fresh water in which to frolic and swim (possibly without clothes on) to your heart’s content.
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). Just after this pipeline you will see a very small trail leading into the bushes on the left**. Take this trail and follow it down to the pool. You will need to push past bushes at points and navigate the odd boulder but the journey is worth the prize.
*The right fork leads down to The Needles swimming hole, further downriver
**Continuing straight on will lead you to Engadine Lagoon swimming hole.
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. You can then follow the above directions.
Difficulty of access: 5/10 – A 20 minute walk beginning on a fire trail and then on an overgrown trail through the bush.
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: Kids will love dipping for the tiny fish fry which shelter in the still water at the edges of the lagoon. The water is decorated with beautiful purple lillies and other water flowers. We also saw the biggest sea eagle we’ve ever spotted fly above us here.
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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, Woolongong.
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!