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Yarrangobilly Caves: Thermal Pool walk is a 0.7km, grade 4 one way hike, located in the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 30mins to complete.
In a pristine mountain river setting, you probably don’t expect to find a pool, never mind one that is permanently heated to 27ºC by a natural spring. But that’s exactly what you’ll discover at Yarrangobilly Caves after a short but steep descent from the carpark. Measuring about 20m long and 2.5m deep, the main pool gently overflows like a waterfall into a children’s wading pool.
Because it is a consistently warm temperature, the pool is perfect year-round. In summer, head there after exploring the caves for a quick swim and a picnic. Keep your eyes open for some of the local residents, including the water dragons that enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the pool and nearby river. In winter, it’s magical to float in the warmth, watching steam rise from the surface of the water, with snow blanketing the ground around you.
There’s a picnic area adjacent to the pool, as well as change rooms and toilets. After your swim, follow Yarrangobilly Caves – Glory Farm walk, there are some great fishing spots, where you can catch introduced rainbow trout. You can also loop back via Yarrangobilly Caves – River walk and South Glory Cave.
About the region
Kosciuszko National Park
To Thermal Pool carpark. Yarrangobilly Caves: Thermal Pool walk is in the northern area of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:From the Monaro Highway:At Cooma, take the Snowy Mountains Highway and continue for approximately 110kmTurn left into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance RoadFollow the unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly CavesContinue past the visitor centre and turn into the first road on the right and follow to the endFrom the Hume Highway:At Gundagai, take the Tumut exit and follow Gocup Road to TumutContinue on Snowy Mountains Highway south for approximately 75kmTurn right into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance RoadFollow the unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly CavesContinue past the visitor centre and turn into the first road on the right and follow to the end Park entry points Thermal Pool carpark See on map Road quality Yarrangobilly Caves entrance and exit roads are graded gravel. They’re suitable for 2WD and 4WD vehicles up to 12.5m in length, however the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) advise that the roads are unsuitable for caravans. RMS recommends snow chains are carried by all vehicles driving in the park in winter, including 4WD and AWD, in case of extreme weather. Visit the Life Traffic website for road conditions. Parking Parking is available at Thermal Pool carpark. Please note park entry fees apply for vehicles without a Kosciuszko National Park day pass or NPWS All Parks annual pass. Bus parking is available – contact the visitor centre on (02) 6454 9597 for access.
Though generally easy, some parts of the walk are steep.
There is limited mobile reception in this area of the park.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.