Arakoon National Park
Mermaid Pools is closed to visitors because it's extremely unsafe for swimming. Many people have been seriously injured here. The pools are located near South West Rocks and Trial Bay in Arakoon National Park.
Mermaid Pools is unsafe for visitors because of the extreme nature of the surf and tide at this location. Sudden large swells and tides often create large waves that wash over the rocks and pools.
The area leading to the pools is permanently closed. There is no public access and no approved walking track to reach Mermaid Pools. There is no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is extremely difficult.
Only swim at beaches with access tracks and visitor facilities. If you’re keen for a swim, try nearby Trial Bay and Front Beach instead.
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.
- Kempsey office
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm.
- 02 6561 6700
- 247 Old Station Rd, Verges Creek NSW 2440