Mares Forest Creek Canyon, Wombeyan Caves Review

Last year, I was sent a book called Wild Swimming in Sydney. It was the best book I have ever had as it introduced me to a whole new world of adventure. I spent the summer, exploring all the wild swimming spots near me but the most mind-blowing, incredible thing I have done in Sydney to date was exploring the Wombeyan Caves, Mares Forest Creek Canyon ! It actually took us 4 hours to get there because we went a long way round but go to Goulburn then up from there. The scenery on the off road track is amazing.

There’s  camp ground there at the caves and an information centre so naturally we went in to ask where the track started. After 30 minutes, we got to the pools and hid our few things under a rock before stripping off in our swimmers.

At the start of the pool, it doesn’t look like anything but around the corner it gets awesome.

The water is unbelievably cold but we powered through after it taking so long to get there! Once you get round the corner, it becomes amazing. Crystal clear water in the canyon and best of all, we were the only people there the entire time! The canyon is thought to be million of years old, it really is incredible!!

There’s alot of this – climbing up and down rocks in between swims

We went as far as a final pool where there was a rope you’d have to pull yourself up and it looked really hard. We were also knackered by that point as it had been a couple of hours of swimming and climbing over rocks.

The second last pool 

One thing to be careful of were snakes. Towards the end, I actually saw a massive brown snake in the rocks which freaked me out but it’s obvious they are going to live around there.

TIP: Definitely wear water shoes as it is very rocky. We didn’t know about this and our feet were killing by the end. Also wear a wet suit if you can because the water is FREEZING!!! We went in summer and read it’s best to get there before 12pm as the sun will hit some of the water by that point, slightly warming it up! And lastly, make sure you take a camera with you!! It’s so incredible, you’ll be snapping away like there’s no tomorrow!

What’s the best thing you’ve done in Sydney?

Thanks for reading

Where:3 hour drive South West of Sydney, 30 minute hike to the pools, allow 2-3 to go through the canyon and back

 

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