Mermaids Pool

Hiking to Mermaids Pool NSW (2024)

Embark on a journey into the heart of nature as we unveil the captivating appeal of hiking to Mermaids Pool NSW. Tucked away in the scenic landscapes, Mermaids Pool beckons adventurers with the promise of serenity and untouched beauty.

And 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.

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About the Mermaids Pool NSW

Created on the Bargo River and the Tahmoor Gorge in New South Wales (NSW), the Mermaids pool is a natural pool. Close to Sydney city, the Mermaids Pool NSW is one of the best one day walks in and around Sydney.

Mermaids Pool

How to Get to Starting Point of Mermaids Pool NSW?

By Road

The Rockford Road Bridge is the starting point of the trail to Mermaids Pool and the only way to reach the starting point from Sydney is by driving. The distance between Rockford road bridge and Sydney is about 100 kilometres and the journey by road takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, there is no public transport to the start of the hike.

Hiking to Mermaids Pool NSW

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 where we started from the bridge. There is a FREE car park very close to the bridge. The river by the trail provides ample opportunities for amazing pictures.

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Blue ribbons in Mermaids Pool NSW
Blue ribbons

The below map shows the car park and the hiking trail from the car park.

Mermaids Pool - Map

Important Notes

  1. DO NOT cliff jump or swim in the pools. It has been advised that it is extremely dangerous.
  2. There is no mobile network along the trail and near the pool.
  3. Even though there are blue ribbons tied to the trees to mark the path, they are not well paved and is through the rocks.
  4. It’s absolutely free to do this walk.
  5. No cafes, restaurants, or toilets are near the hiking trail or the pool.
  6. Wear strong and sturdy shoes for the trail as there are a few slippery sections.

Safety for Solo Female Hikers

The hiking trail to Mermaids Pool NSW is generally safe for solo female hikers. There are many hikers on the trail and you can do the hike alone comfortably. However, as per hiking 101, it is always advisable to have a hiking buddy for any unknown or unprepared situations.

Download the Emergency Plus app for any unforeseen situations. The app does not require a mobile network; it shows your location. This is useful to inform the emergency services in case of any emergency.
If you are a tourist, always have good comprehensive travel insurance to cover yourself in case of any emergency.

Closing Notes

The Mermaids Pool NSW walk stands out as a delightful trail conveniently close to Sydney. Having personally enjoyed this hike, I highly recommend it as a perfect one-day excursion – an easy yet satisfying journey that also serves as an ideal weekend getaway.

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