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Published December 3rd 2018
If you like swimming, go to one of these places
Now that summer is almost here and the weather will soon be turning glorious and hot, you may want to find some unusual inland swimming spots where you can go with the family and spend a few days or weeks away.
This list is 10 spots that can be fun for all and you can enjoy a nice relaxing time around these water holes.
1. SCARP POOL
Scarp Pool is a popular day use area, particularly in summer for swimming and also among canoeists as it has good river access. Here you can swim in the rock-rimmed waters of the Murray River near Dwellingup. The loop road at Scarp Pool has picnic spots located within it and this site was rebuilt in 2009, after it was destroyed by a fire.
This is a very handy place as it is not far from Mandurah and Dwellingup is a quaint little town which is ideal for a relaxing holiday.
2. HONEYMOON POOL Honeymoon Pool is a popular area on the Collie River in Wellington National Park. It has large peppermint trees which hang over the river, making it an ideal place to cool down. You can reach the water by going down some steps, where there is a decked area with great views. There is also camping available at this spot with provision for 20 tents only.
3. LAKE LESCHENAULTIA This large lake is a very popular destination, being quite close to Perth. It was originally built as a dam in 1897 and is in the shire of Mundaring. Surrounded by large trees, you can swim up to a pontoon from the beach. There is also a cafe close by and BBQ facilities.
This pool is also on the Collie River and it has very peaceful views and is situated on Mungalup Road. Situated just 3 km from the town of Collie, it has nice green picnic areas, as well as shade. Here you can swim, fish and go canoeing.
5. LAKE NAVARINO, WAROONA Here you can cool off with a swim in the clear waters of Lake Navarino. This lake is also popular for all sorts of water activities such as water skiing and fishing. This is a good area for the whole family for possibly a weekend of water adventure and camping.
There are also several places where you can stay on the site.
The swimming pool is at 147 Invarell Road, Waroona and it is about 1 ˝ hours from Perth. Lake Navarino has lake-side camping, glamping, and cabins.
7. THE GROTTO
If you are ever around the Kununurra and Wyndham area, there are some of the most beautiful gorges in Western Australia in these areas. Amongst these is The Grotto which is off the Great Northern Highway, in Wyndham. This deep gorge can be reached by 140 steps (with no handrail) and has a swimming hole, which is a delight in this hot country.
The Grotto is a magnificent gorge that provides a picturesque and safe swimming spot. The 120-metre cliff face drops right down to the water, where it becomes an amazing waterfall during the wet season. This is a natural chasm, which is an absolute delight to cool off in.
8. EMMA GORGE
The serene surroundings of the Emma Gorge waterfall make it a tranquil and relaxing place to swim. You can take the one-hour picturesque walk from the Emma Gorge resort over the rocky terrain and you will come across this delightful oasis with its 65-metre waterfall, surrounded by cliffs and greenery.
Relax by this waterhole or swim to the waterfall in the deep pool of cooling, fresh water.
Emma Gorge waterfall also has a very small thermal spring. This spring makes it slightly warmer while swimming in the icy waters.
9. BARRABUP POOL
This is a lovely natural pool which is lined by forest trees. Barrabup is a great place to enjoy the peace of the beautiful views or to swim on a hot summer's day. It is situated in the St John Brook Conservation Park, Nannup and is a picturesque place with picnic and camping facilities on the banks of the brook.
Here you can canoe or swim, as well as fish and the ever popular sport of seasonal marron fishing.
10. HERRON POINT, BIRCHMONT
Herron Point is on a white sandy shoreline of the Harvey Estuary and is just over 1 hour drive from Perth and just a short distance from Mandurah's town centre. Here you can swim, go on a boat for a cruise or merely sit back, relax and take in a stunning sunset.