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Yarrangobilly Caves: Thermal Pool walk

Yarrangobilly area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

Yarrangobilly Caves’ thermal pool, fed by a natural spring, is accessible via a short walk. Enjoy birdwatching en route before swimming in natural surroundings, near Tumut.

Where
Yarrangobilly area in Kosciuszko National Park
Distance
0.7km one-way
Time suggested
15 - 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Though generally easy, some parts of the walk are steep.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this area of the park.

In a pristine mountain river setting, you probably don’t expect to find a pool, never mind one that is permanently heated to 27ºC by a natural spring. But that’s exactly what you’ll discover at Yarrangobilly Caves after a short but steep descent from the carpark. Measuring about 20m long and 2.5m deep, the main pool gently overflows like a waterfall into a children’s wading pool.

Because it is a consistently warm temperature, the pool is perfect year-round. In summer, head there after exploring the caves for a quick swim and a picnic. Keep your eyes open for some of the local residents, including the water dragons that enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the pool and nearby river. In winter, it’s magical to float in the warmth, watching steam rise from the surface of the water, with snow blanketing the ground around you.

There’s a picnic area adjacent to the pool, as well as change rooms and toilets. After your swim, follow Yarrangobilly Caves – Glory Farm walk, there are some great fishing spots, where you can catch introduced rainbow trout. You can also loop back via Yarrangobilly Caves - River walk and South Glory Cave.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

Conservation program:

Iconic species - Southern corroboree frog conservation program

An iconic endangered species, the southern corroboree frog, found only in Kosciuszko National Park, faces the grave threat of extinction. Saving Our Species aims to prevent this from happening by battling chytrid fungus, protecting frog habitat from pests, and fostering a captive breeding program. 

Southern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree), Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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A couple at the thermal pool, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Boen Ferguson/OEH.