Back to previous page

Mermaid Pools

Arakoon National Park

Affected by closures, check current alerts 


Mermaid Pools are permanently closed to access and swimming. Sudden large swell and tides create large waves that wash over the rocks and pools. This has caused severe injuries and deaths.

If you’re keen for a swim, try nearby Trial Bay and Front Beach instead.

Mermaid Pools has never been a designated visitor site due to the extreme nature of the surf and tide at this location. The area leading to the pools is permanently closed. There is no public access and no approved walking track to Mermaid Pools.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is extremely difficult. Only swim at beaches with access tracks and visitor facilities.

Use caution if you’re rock fishing from nearby rock platforms. Never turn your back on the ocean and be sure to follow fishing safety advice.

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.