Wattamolla & the Figure Eight Pools may be the biggest attraction of Sydney’s Royal National Park for adventurers & tourists alike, however the South West Arm Pool holds it own as an explorer’s paradise.
- Giant swimming hole (relatively private compared to others in the RNP)
- Jumping off high cliffs into deep green water
- A bush walk that goes off the beaten track.
Once you enter the Royal National Park hang a left onto Warumbul Road & park up at the beginning of the Winifred Fire Trail. Take this trail by foot for about half an hour downhill until you reach the Winifred falls. A pretty little waterfall with a pool to splash in – however, this is not why you’re here.
From here your path gets a little tricky, walk toward the left, past the viewpoint of the falls, scale down a path, & walk alongside the river. There’s barely a beaten track, but trust your instincts whilst walking over uneven rocks, & dodging trees. Your patience will be rewarded when you reach a clearing & here you will grab your first glimpse of the South West Arm Pool. A giant bottle green lagoon with high cliffs on both sides, which are perfect for leaping off into the deep water, & there’s even a rope swing! The pool is connected by the South West Arm Creek out to the ocean, so the water is slightly salty. You could spend a good amount of time here splashing & sunbaking on one of the many rock faces, or head back up the trail & discover another one of the RNP’s wonderful swimming spots.
- running shoes
- insect repellent
How To Get There
- Cliff Jumping
Distance Covered / Elevation Gain
3 km return via same track / -118m down to the pool