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Good swimming spots for summer

By mazelbium - 7 November 2009 31

Can anyone recommend any good pools/waterholes in Canberra?

Price or location is pretty irrelevant, just looking for somewhere far from the madding crowd, preferably.

Any suggestions appreciated, thanks!

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Good swimming spots for summer
The cat did it 9:59 pm 08 Nov 09

Casuarina Sands is closed at present, and for the summer, for renovation (another example of great timing from the ACT government), And how the Cotter Dam expansion will affect access and amenity is anyone’s guess.

junkett 3:59 pm 08 Nov 09

Casarina Sands (a few minutes on out of Woden from Cotter camp ground) is nice if the water is up..I don’t know how quickly the levels have dropped

Up The Duffy 3:36 pm 08 Nov 09

The Shoalhaven River Bridge on the Kings Highway near Braidwood. About a 1hrs drive from Canberra but the fresh bread coffee etc in Braidwood is worth the extra distance.

anonymous gungahlian 2:34 pm 08 Nov 09

There is a small pool in Gold Creek- Nicholls, but not many people know about it so it’s not that crowded… from my experience.

I-filed 2:04 pm 08 Nov 09

bileduct @ #9, I’d rather swim in fish wee in a running river than human kid wee in a pool …

Postalgeek 11:12 pm 07 Nov 09

Well, as far as public pools go, Manuka Pool is a lovely old pool. Worth the visit if you don’t mind paying.

bileduct 9:25 pm 07 Nov 09

+1 for Pine Island, if you don’t mind swimming in a river.

lovetheACT 9:15 pm 07 Nov 09

are only gay nudist aloud

Chop71 9:03 pm 07 Nov 09

Are there any spots on the river from the Northern/Western suburbs. Surely there has to be access and a reasonable picnic spot around the Dunlop/Hall or even West Macgregor area that doesnt require you to drive to Woden 1st.

Please help


Skidbladnir 6:34 pm 07 Nov 09

The Kambah Pool nudist beach isn’t just for the queers.
I know a lady who thinks its great she can all over tan and not have to worry about being hit on.
Her husband, on the other hand…

But the upstream bit of Kambah Pool is fine, and family-friendly.

Ozi 5:27 pm 07 Nov 09

Pine Island in Greenway, Tuggers is ok, but can get very crowded on hot weekend days with the usual rabble of drunk and rude juveniles. Nice place for a dip otherwise.

Or, if you are a gay nudist, there is always Kambah Pool? 😉

Deckard 5:01 pm 07 Nov 09

Kambah Pool. Just don’t go right out of the car car park into the nude area. Unless you’re into that kind of thing of course.

Pine Island further up stream is alright as well but a little more crowded.

TP 3000 2:17 pm 07 Nov 09

If you get in before the end of summer Point Hut Crossing is all right, you can pick your own little spot & if you go for a walk through the scrub there are some secluded spots.

Angel Crossing is also a nice spot. Access can be either from Tharwa or Williamsdale. But if you are unsure where to go take the Williamsdale way as there aren’t many signposts on the dirt tracks past Tharwa.

MrPC 12:11 pm 07 Nov 09

Stay away from Queanbeyan pool. It’s filthy, the floors, walls and lane dividers are coated in mouldy scum, there are leaves, bobby pins and even band aids across the floor of the pool.

There’s a reason why it’s not especially crowded there.

grunge_hippy 10:09 am 07 Nov 09

down past tharwa there are some nice parts of the ‘bidgee. its just a matter of going for a drive and seeing what’s good. i dont know what the water levels are like, but you can find some decent quiet places if you have a wander.

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