Wattamolla Creek Dam
Royal National Park, nr Sydney, NSW, Australia
Wattamolla Creek Dam is a fairly shallow swimming hole on Wattamolla Creek formed by a small sandstone dam which was probably built to service . It’s only big enough for a plunge but you can jump with care from the rocks at the side into the pool and there are majestic views out over the bush. It’s fed by a small waterfall and surrounded by flat rocks, which are the perfect platform for a picnic or an afternoon snooze, whilst listening to the relaxing sound of running water, which is apt since ‘Wattamolla’ means ‘place of running water’ in the local aboriginal language. A stroll up to the dam offers the chance of submerging in a little more solitude during your trip to Watamolla, which can get rather busy down towards the beach.
Here’s a little video to give you a better idea of the scenery…
How To Get There:
To get to Wattamolla Beach from Audley Weir, follow Sir Bertram Stevens Drive south east for 10km and then turn left onto Wattamolla Road. Follow this to Wattamolla Beach Car Park.
Alternatively, from Waterfall, follow McKell Avenue until the end and then turn left onto Sir Bertram Stephens Drive. Follow this for around 10km and then turn right onto Wattamolla Road. Follow this to Wattamolla Beach Car Park.
The parking may fill up early at weekends and during busy periods.
From Wattamolla Beach Car Park walk around 650m across Coote Creek up to Wattamolla Dam. The trail is clearly signposted from the Wattamolla car park and the trail crosses over Wattamolla Creek right at the dam.
Difficulty of access: 2/10 – It is an easy walk along a fairly flat and well-maintained trail to reach the dam. Once there you need to walk over some rocks to get to the water.
Opening Times/Seasons: All year. The park is open from 7am – 8.30pm daily.
Entrance Fee: See here for details of the Royal National Park vehicle entry fee.
Facilities Nearby: There are public toilets at the top end of the Wattamolla car park, which also houses picnic tables and barbecues. Other than this, Wattamolla is a beautifully natural spot with little development so bring a picnic and make the most of being in nature.
Other Activities: The Royal National Park is beautiful and a walker’s paradise. There are a number of walking tracks leading off from the picnic area. Walk north of the Little Marley Trail, which leads to Little Marley Beach, another great place for a swim. Or beat the parking rush and use Wattamolla as a refreshing stop off whilst walking the 26km Royal National Park Coast Track. It is also possible to bike here from Sydney and snorkelling or liloing in the lagoon below the car park is lots of fun.
Other Places of Interest Nearby: Wattamolla is not far from the monument marking Captain Cook’s landing place.
Wildlife: There are a good number of fish in the lower part of the river and it’s interesting to snorkel its length and see how it functions as a hatchery, with small fry in the upper shallow sandy reaches and progressively larger fish as you swim towards the sea. If you’re lucky you might spot a sea eagle circling in the skies above.
Places to Eat: Our readers want to know about great places to eat and stay and other activities near swimming holes. If you are the owner of a local business you think our users would like contact us to find out about sponsoring this location.
Where to Camp: Where to Camp: North Era Campground is a walk-in beachside campsite in the Royal National Park, halfway along the 26km Coast Track. Bonnie Vale Campground (near Bundeena) is also in the park and is great for car and caravan camping.
Other places to Stay: Our readers want to know about great places to eat and stay and other activities near swimming holes. If you are the owner of a local business you think our users would like contact us to find out about sponsoring this location.
Nearby Towns: Bundeena, Maianbar, Sutherland, Loftus, Audley, Engadine, Heathcote, Waterfall, Helensburgh, Otford, Stanwell Park, Lilyvale