Scout’s Falls Swimming Holes
Middle Creek, Sherwood Nature Reserve, nr. Woolgoolga, NSW, Australia
A fun scramble up Middle Creek in the Sherwood Nature Reserve will take you past a small plunge pool with a trickling cascade and onwards up to the extremely pretty Scout’s Falls. There is a deepish pool under the falls with some submerged rocks and it is possible to climb in under one section of the falls for a pressure wash from the water, free-falling from about 10m above. Those inclined to climb can scramble with care up the left hand side of the falls and take in the spectacular view from the top as well as splashing in the smaller paddling pools which lie on the plateau just above the waterfall. This is an incredibly beautiful and natural spot and the slightly difficult access means that it is much less likely to be crowded than many other swimming holes.
How To Get There: From Coffs Harbour Drive north west on Coramba Road passing through Coramba. After about 19km continue onto Orara Way and follow it north for 21km. In Glenreagh turn right onto Sherwood Creek Road. Pass the turn to Sherwood Road on your right and park on the side of the road just before a high timber bridge. Just to the right of the bridge is a small trail leading into the bush which goes down to the river. Follow the river up for about 20 minutes, passing a small plunge pool initially, to get to the larger pool underneath the waterfall.
Difficulty of access: 7/10 – Although it’s only about a 20 minute walk, it is a slippery scramble over rocks and along ledges to get to the swimming hole and many parts are overgrown. However, it is well worth the effort and the journey itself becomes a bit of an adventure. The road down is unsealed and can get pretty muddy in wet weather.
Opening Times/Seasons: All day/All year
Entrance Fee: Free
Facilities Nearby: Nothing right at the spot. This is a truly wild swimming hole. There are public toilets and a general store in Glenreagh with more options at the larger towns of Woolgoolga and Coffs Harbour.
Other Activities: Bouldering up the falls is an option and there are several other climbing spots and walking trails in the area.
Other Places of Interest Nearby: You can walk from Woolgoolga Creek Picnic Area (where there are toilets, barbecues and picnic tables) up to another waterfall along the Falls Walking Track. More info can be found here. There is a small museum of local history in Glenreagh and a community market once a month. In Woolgoolga you can visit the huge and impressive Guru Nanak Sikh Temple which was built by the large local Sikh population.
Wildlife: The Sherwood Nature Reserve provides a safe habitat for over 50 native animals and is famed for its bird-watching potential. The river valley itself is full of lush greenery.
Places to Eat: Woolgoolga is famous for its authentic Punjabi cuisine available at local restaurants and the Woolgoolga Curry Fest at Easter time. There are countless cafes and restaurants in Coffs Harbour.
Where to Camp: The Glenreagh Camping Reserve is one smaller, local option and there are several larger, more commercial campsites near Woolgoolga.
Other places to Stay: There is a B&B in Glenreagh but there is a lot more accommodation along the coast near Woolgoolga and Coffs Harbour.
Nearby Towns: Woolgoolga, Grafton, Coffs Harbour
Other Swimming Spots Nearby: Mulligan’s Hut
Comments: This is a really special and beautiful wild swimming spot which is worth the effort to get to.