Tahmoor Gorge Walk – 20 February 2018

Bob was keen on a walk or canyon. We had tentatively planned a canyon trip in the Blue Mountains but had changed our plans with an unfavourable weather forecast and other reasons, so decided instead to visit Tahmoor Gorge. I like the walk through the gorge and was keen to get more photographs.

The Bargo River flows through the Tahmoor Gorge shortly before it joins the Nepean River. It is in part of the proposed Bargo-Nepean National Park.

I was hoping that overnight rain may put the Bargo River’s level up a bit – making for nice photos of the cascades. But the amount of rain in the area turned out to be very small.

On other occasions (see here and here), I had walked down the gorge. This time we started by descending from the rim to the lower end of the gorge and then walking up through it.

We had lunch near where the track climbs back up via Jacks Pass to the rim of the gorge just downstream from the Mermaids Pool.

This is a very nice walk in a spectacular area that deserves to be National Park. If you haven’t visited the area then do so – it is well worth while.

The Mermaids Pool

More photos are online here on my website. My earlier post has details of the access and tracks in the area.

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7 Responses to Tahmoor Gorge Walk – 20 February 2018

  1. Sameer says:

    Hey Dave, just wondering if there are any events regarding saving Blue Mtns wild rivers from proposed Warragamba Dam upgrade?
    Just found about this today and it’s made me quite upset.

    If there’s any event on in Syd. or things I could possibly do to help, let me know.

  2. Jacqui says:

    Dave, my son is looking for 15-20m drops to jump from into deep pools. Are there any you could recommend?

    • Dave Noble says:

      These jumps can be very dangerous – so I would not recommend any. Best to locate and scout out any yourself (if you are the jumper).

    • chriskoz says:

      A helicopter rescue happens around Mermaids Pool area once a year on average. Don’t know the success rate (victim survival) of those operations but perhaps every second/third turns out to be body recovery operation. Most acidents are jumps/falls into the pool.
      More common are strained/broken ankle where a victim is able to limp out (with help of friends) and SES is not called. But those are usually results of shorter jumps into smaller pools.
      Water is murky and subsurface ledges/logs are invisible: primary reason jumping there is silly and suicidal (into Mermaids Pool). You won’t find professional jumpers there because safe water with 5m depth guaranteed minimum is their prerequisite.

  3. Jo Goodwin says:

    I am wondering how long it took you to walk this from carpark to mermaid pool then the gorge???

    • Dave Noble says:

      It probably takes about 30 minutes to walk to the Mermaids pool from the carpark. Perhaps a bit longer on your first visit – it can be a bit confusing with a lot of tracks branching off to the creek before the pool. The circuit through the gorge takes at least a few hours. Ive always stop for a lot of photos and it has taken from about 10 am to 4 pm, but a fast walker could do it in 2 hours or so.

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