Please note: Minerva Pool is a sacred women’s place for the Aboriginal Dharawal People. The Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council asks that visitors respect the cultural importance of this site. Only women and children may enter the waters of Minerva Pool.
Among Campbelltown's many attractions is the north western part of the Dharawal National Park. Access it from the end of Victoria Road, Wedderburn and you will find parking spots, a few picnic tables and a toilet with disabled access. From this spot, there are also a few walks that you can take including the Jingga Walk, and the walk to O'Hares Creek Lookout.
The path that takes you to Minerva Pool, however, is only listed on signs as the '10T Management Trail'. Consequently, the quiet trail is often overlooked. Luckily, I took a chance and decided to follow it and see what it had to offer.
Take the last option on the sign board and you will be on your way to Minerva Pool
The journey begins much as the other walks in this part of the park do; a gradual upward walk along the wide Victoria West Fire Trail from the parking lot to the actual trail. The trail itself starts off level, and then is narrow and downhill most of the rest of the way.
Seeing as Wedderburn is home to the largest koala colony in the Sydney region, I was on the look out. I didn't spot any, but at one point I'm sure I heard the disconcerting squeaky growl they make, so I may have been closer than I realised.
Although the wildlife may evade you, there are other attractions along the path.
Then it is an upward climb till you get to a fork in the trail. Take the path on your left and you will come to a viewing platform over the pool. Getting to this point in the walk takes about 30 minutes at an average pace.
If you would like to go down to the pool itself, head back to the fork and take the other path. There is no easy way down to the pool, but if you are willing to clamber a little it's not too difficult.
Be very careful though, because where the creek feeds into Minerva Pool - in the form of a small waterfall - there are irregularities along the stone banks of the creek. Among them I noticed a deep hole, the width and depth of a manhole.
Although the spot isn't well-known to Sydneysiders - or even many locals of Campbelltown - in 2014 it was given attention on a global platform. A total of 29 delegates from 19 countries representing the World Parks Congress visited Minerva Pool to learn about the site, and how Dharawal National Park came to be.
It's not really surprising that the park attracted this positive attention. There was a fair amount of uncertainty surrounding the site, but its current protected state is a triumph of the local people and various agencies working together.