Sensational swimming spots at Macarthur's doorstep

Douglas Park’s Rhani Walker at her local spot by the Nepean River
Douglas Park’s Rhani Walker at her local spot by the Nepean River

Macarthur locals don’t need to look outside their region for a place to cool down this summer.

With several national parks including Dharawal and Bargo, the region has some of the best natural swimming holes in the state.

The most accessible are often the most populated.

Those include: Douglas Park Drive, Douglas Park — where the road crosses over the Nepean River; Simmos Beach, Macquarie Fields; and for the more adventurous Macquarie Grove Road Bridge, Camden.

However, for those in search of a more peaceful experience, authors of the book Wild Swimming Sydney Australia, Sally and Steve Tertini, have the answer — well part of it, anyway.

Teenagers launching themselves into the Nepean River off Macquarie Grove Road Bridge, Camden. Picture: Anna Warr

Teenagers launching themselves into the Nepean River off Macquarie Grove Road Bridge, Camden. Picture: Anna Warr

The husband and wife co-authors listed more the 250 swimming spots in their book, with a few of those havens found in Macarthur.

‘‘Little River Pools [in Bargo National Park] may not have the wow factor of some others in the area but they have an attractive bush setting that can be reached with just a 20 minute bush walk,’’ Mrs Tertini said.

‘‘And you’re unlikely to have to share them with anyone.’’

‘‘Bents Basin is also a perennially popular place to escape the summer heat,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s an easy place to get a dose of the bush as you can drive right there.

‘‘With grassy flats for picnics and a large camp ground, it’s a top choice for families.’’

Bents Basin. Picture: Sally Tertini, Wild Swimming Sydney Australia

Bents Basin. Picture: Sally Tertini, Wild Swimming Sydney Australia

But for Campbelltown locals, Mrs Tertini said it was hard to go past Minerva Pools in Dharawal National Park.

‘‘When you step down from the bush track and see it, you really feel like you’ve arrived somewhere special,’’’ she said.

Purchase the book at wildthingspublishing.com for directions to the local swimming holes.

Kayakers enjoy the Georges River at Simmo’s Beach. Picture: Anna Warr

Kayakers enjoy the Georges River at Simmo’s Beach. Picture: Anna Warr

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