Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool walk
Yarrangobilly area in Kosciuszko National Park
Fire affected area
Some areas of this park were affected by fire in 2019/2020. You’ll notice some changes to the landscape, as well as signs of recovery. Some areas may remain closed for longer to allow habitat to recover or because we’re repairing park infrastructure. Stay safe with these after-fire tips for visitors.
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.
- Yarrangobilly area in 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.
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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- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre
- 9am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day
- 02 6454 9597
- 50 Yarrangobilly Caves Road, Yarrangobilly, NSW 2720
- in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
The Yarrangobilly area is open all year. See individual show caves and guided tours for times and prices. Additional tours run during NSW school holidays. Contact Yarrangobilly Caves on (02) 6454 9597 to confirm the tour times for your visit.
Park entry fees apply in the Yarrangobilly area
$4 per vehicle per day applies at Yarrangobilly Caves for motor vehicles without a Kosciuszko National Park day pass or NPWS All Parks annual pass.
You’ll need to buy a ticket or cave pass from the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre to visit all Yarrangobilly’s caves.Buy annual pass