No! I did not find any mermaids in the pool. But it is definitely a place where mermaids would have loved to have lived (if they existed!). The place is extremely pretty and worth visiting.
About the place:
The Mermaids pool is a natural pool created on the Bargo River and the Tahmoor Gorge. The pool and the trail to the pool is very picturesque. The River by the trail provides ample opportunities for amazing pictures.
There are two ways to hike to the Mermaids pool – Option 1 is from the bridge (easy 5 kilometres return) and Option 2 is a loop trail from the Tahmoor Gorge (hard 8 kilometres loop).
We opted for the first option. There is a car park very close to the bridge. The below map shows the car park and the hiking trail from the car park.
The Rockford Road Bridge is the starting point of the trail to Mermaids Pool. It is about 1.5 hours drive from Parramata, Sydney.
1. There is no mobile network along the trail and near the pool.
2. There are ribbons tied to the trees to mark the path, but the path is not well paved and is through the rocks.
3. It’s absolutely free to do this walk.
4. There are no cafes, restaurants or toilets near the hiking trail or the pool.
A note of thanks to my friends – Adarsh Chikkerur, Vijay Kumar Pakka and Priyabrat Panda for the pictures.