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Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool walk

Yarrangobilly area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Take the short Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool walk and enjoy a swim in the spring-fed natural pool. It's easily combined with a picnic, bushwalk or cave tour in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park.

0.7km one-way
Time suggested
15 - 30min
Grade 4
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
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.

From the gate at the thermal pool carpark, a short but steep track descends into the Rules Creek Valley, to the thermal pool. Hidden deep in the valley amongst towering eucalypts, near the Yarrangobilly River, an outdoor swim in the natural thermal pool is a magical experience.

The main pool, which is 20m long and 2.5m deep, gently flows like a waterfall into a children's wading pool. Fed by a natural spring around 1km below the surface, these subterranean waters are mildly mineralised and stay a constant 27oC all year. 

There’s a picnic area next to the pool, with change rooms and toilets, so why not bring lunch and make a day of it. As you relax, keep your eyes open for some of the local residents, including the water dragons and platypus that enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the pool and nearby river. 

The return uphill walk to the carpark is steep, so you may prefer to loop back via Yarrangobilly Caves - River walk and South Glory Cave. Or, explore more along Yarrangobilly Caves – Glory Farm walk, which starts near the thermal pool. There are some great fishing spots, where you can catch introduced rainbow trout. 

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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  • A man relaxes in the steaming waters of Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool, in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/DPIE.

    Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool

    Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool, fed by a natural spring, is a magical swimming spot that’s easily combined with a picnic and walk in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park.


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Southern corroboree frog conservation project

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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