Engadine, Sydney, NSW, Australia
The Needles is a deep, swimmable stretch before a causeway on the Woronora River. On one side the river is deep and wide, where it is held back by the causeway, and on the other it is possible to walk across in bare feet. It’s a great family spot due to ease of access but it is also popular with dog walkers so be prepared to share your swim with a few canine friends.
How To Get There: From the Engadine side, 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 right fork down the hill*. Continue straight on down and you will arrive at The Needles.
*The left fork leads down to Engadine Lagoon swimming hole, further upstream.
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: 4/10 – A 20 minute downhill walk beginning on a sealed road which is closed for access by cars. The way back up is fairly steep.
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: There are definitely wallabies in the surrounding bush, but you’ll have to be there early and before the crowds for a chance of seeing 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, 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!