Fancy going for a swim to cool off during summer and prefer another option besides the local pool or dam?
Why not try one of these five popular swimming holes near Bathurst and throughout the Central West?
1) Flat Rock
Flat Rock is a popular swimming location located near O’Connell, off Mutton Falls Road at the Fish River.
Besides swimming, Flat Rock also accommodates campers and has basic facilities like toilets and bins.
It’s not a bad spot to lounge around on the large flat rocks in the sun and cool off with a dip in the river.
Be careful though, the river flow can get quite quick after rainfall.
2) Clarence Dam
Located off the Chifley Road, east of Lithgow, Clarence Dam, or Dam Cliffs, is a free swimming hole that is both deep and cool.
It is a popular option in summer when the heat gets too much or if you want to cool off after climbing the nearby crag.
Access Dam Cliffs by turning-off roughly 13 kilometres east of Lithgow on the Chifley Road. Following the dirt track that goes parallel to the railway. The track is fine for standard vehicles, but drive with caution
Follow the track until the track veers left, where a few hundred metres down you’ll find a large clearing where parking is available. Head further down on foot to the swimming hole.
Once there, Dam Cliffs provides a high jump off a cliff into a deep water hole. There’s also options on solid ground to go camping or bush walking.
Be mindful that reception may be lacking in this location.
3) Grove Creek
Located almost an hour’s drive south of Bathurst, near Abercrombie Caves, Grove Creek is a perfect way to spend the summer cooling off.
Recent rain fall has brought more water into the river, making the trip well worth it if you’re coming from Bathurst or beyond.
As Grove Creek flows south-east, it eventually comes to Grove Creek Falls, a large waterfall, so make sure to not go swimming too far down the river.
To get there, follow the Goulburn Road south past the turn-off to Abercrombie Caves, before eventually turning off at Bald Ridge Road, a dirt road.
Follow the road before parking near the bridge that goes over Grove Creek.
There’s plenty of places to go bushing walking around the creek, but be mindful that there will be no mobile reception.
4) Wallaby Rocks
Wallaby Rocks is a small, rocky creek flat on the Turon River, a short distance west of the village of Sofala.
There’s also available land nearby but there is no facilities, so you’ll need to bring everything with you.
The area is well shaded and sits beside a large water hole which is good for fishing and swimming.
The rocky cliffs make for a scenic back drop.
5) Macquarie River
If you prefer an option closer to Bathurst, then the Macquarie River is still a reliable place to go for a swim and cool off.
Popular locations include the banks between the Hereford Street bridge and the Bridge Street bridge and further up towards Eglinton.