There’s something about the famed Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool. Surrounded by lush greenery, aquamarine waters and clear blue skies, it’s easy to see why it’s become such a local sensation. In case you missed it, here’s a glimpse at what awaits you at this magical swimming spot.
This naturally heated thermal pool is located near the Yarangobilly Caves in the Kosciuszko National Park. At the location you’ll find two pools — the larger one about 20 meters long and heated to a consistent 27 degrees all year round and a smaller kiddie pool around 10 meters long which spills over from the larger pool.
Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool Guide
How to get there: From Sydney, the pool is about a 5.5 hour drive so you might need at least 2 days to fully explore the area. You can find access to the pool via the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre. Be prepared for a short but steep walk into the Rules Creek Valley down to the thermal pool.
The walk is picturesque offering stunning views of trees and mountains in the valley along with glimpses of the pool as you walk down.
Water temperature: The waters are ‘mildly mineralised’ and set to 27 degrees all year by a natural spring according to National Parks NSW. It’s worth noting that on colder days this might not exactly be a hot spring experience although the water does stay warm and pleasant throughout.
Fees: Entry to the pool is completely free but there is a $4 entry fee per vehicle.
Opening/closing times: The pool is open at all times along with the park. This is subject to extreme weather conditions.
Amenities available: Make a day of it by planning a picnic at the surrounding picnic area next to the pool. Change rooms and toilets are also available at the top of the steps.
Local wildlife: Keep your eyes peeled for a number of local animals. If you’re lucky, you can find water dragons and platypus in the area.
Please note that the return uphill walk to the carpark is especially steep. Additionally no pets are allowed on the site and smoking is also prohibited. The pool is about 2.5 meters deep and all swimming levels can enjoy splashing around in the water.
While you’re at it, make sure you explore the surrounding Yarrangobilly Caves where you’ll find stunning stalagmites, stalactites and other rock formations. It’s a popular highlight of the Kosciuszko National Park and brings you up close to jaw dropping chambers, delicate shawls and underground pools.
Find further info here and start planning a trip to this stunning spot!