Warning after 'secret' waterfall pool in NSW goes viral

Aussie adventurers are travelling in search of a "hidden" waterfall pool in NSW that went viral on social media, however some locals are warning people about an unseen danger lurking in the waters of the picturesque spot.

Woy Woy Waterfall Pool lies within the Brisbane Water National Park, north of Sydney.

Numerous videos and photos of people enjoying the "beautiful" pool — nicknamed the "bathtub" — can be found online.

The pool at Brisbane Water National Park.
Some locals are warning a waterfall pool in Brisbane Water National Park is not as clean as it seems. Source: TikTok

"I lived in Woy Woy Bay as a child — had no idea — gorgeous!" one person responded to a viral clip on TikTok.

However some locals have warned tourists that the water in man-made swimming pool is not as clean as swimmers might assume.

"The water comes from a rubbish disposal nearby, definitely be careful putting head underwater," one person commented.

"When you realise that’s a sewage outlet," another responded.

"It's a nice spot, but don't swim in it after rains as linked to runoff and has lots of faecal coliforms," a third person said.

A waste management facility that shares waterways with Woy Woy Falls is understood to be located just kilometres away, Daily Mail reports.

Travellers have also been warned to be alert near the pool's narrow ledge.

"Please be careful everyone this is quite a dangerous place. Already had one visitor recently plummet and had to be airlifted to hospital," one person said online.

How to get to Woy Woy waterfall pool

Given that the pool is hidden deep within the national park, it is difficult to find and there are many ways to get there.

But since it's become so popular, people have created step-by-step guides on how to visit. If you're curious, here is the guide from lifestyle blog, Walk My World:

  1. Walk from a parking spot at the Tunnel Fire Trail turn off on Woy Woy Road.

  2. The walk to the waterfall is a 5.4 km round trip and is not described as being difficult as most of the route is flat.

  3. From the parking spot, there is about a 1km walk down the fire trail until you reach a gate to walk through.

  4. About 700 metres later, there will be a junction with signs for a number of trails including the Tunnel Track and Rocky Ponds.

  5. Turn left and continue down an unmarked track to a dead end with a pylon.

  6. To the right of the pylon is a path that continues down to a shallow creek that should be followed to where a glimpse of the trough pool can be seen.

  7. About 100 metres down the creek there is a dead end.

  8. To the right is a narrow and rocky bush track - which can become muddy after heavy rainfall — taking you down to the waterfall and pool.

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