Sweetwater Pool

3 h, 5 h to 2 days

8.5 km
return

↑ 148 m
↓ -148 m

Moderate track
Starting from the end of Edith Falls Road, Nitmiluk, this walk takes you to the Sweetwater Pool and back via the Jatbula Trail, following the Edith River along the way. You’ll be rewarded with a much more secluded and tranquil swim compared to the Edith Falls pools, if you put in the effort and time to this journey. Sweetwater Pool is known for its magically still and reflective water surface which makes for exceptional photos. The area around the pool is teeming with wildlife and features diverse vegetation. Speaking of, you may even spot a freshwater turtle if you’re sneaky enough. The camping area nearby has toilets and drinking water, so feel free to stay the night. Although, you need to get a permit from the Edith Falls Kiosk beforehand. Keep an eye out for crocodiles. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Leliyn Trail & Edith Falls Road (-14.1792401,132.1886802)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Stuart Highway, 1
  • Turn on to Edith Falls Road then drive for 19.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park at the end of Edith Falls Road (eastern one, single line, 13-14 car capacity), head towards the brown “Upper Pool - Leliyn Loop Walk - Sweetwater Pool” sign after you head up a couple of steps. Pass by the said sign to your left then a sheltered informational signpost to your right and follow the track as it veers right in the distance. 665 metres in (from the start), keep left at the 3-way intersection as you follow the signage for “Sweetwater Pool” to continue along the Sweetwater Pool Track. Keep an eye out for the blue directional arrows at all times.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Leliyn Trail & Edith Falls Road Start heading along Leliyn Trail (a walking track).
There is a toilet (about 135 m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 35 m back from the start).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to a viewpoint overlooking the Edith Falls if you want to have a quick peek. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 700 m (at the intersection of Leliyn Trail & Jatbula Trail) veer left, to head along Jatbula Trail.
After another 1.6 km pass the waterfall (20 m on your right).
After another 1.1 km cross the ford.
After another 780 m turn right, to head along Jatbula Trail.
After another 90 m find the "Sweetwater Pool" (35 m on your right).
Sweetwater Pool
Sweetwater Pool

A magnificent waterhole that is known for its still waters. Enjoy the spectacular views day and night and embrace the tranquility of the place as you cool off in the waters of Edith River.
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A magnificent waterhole that is known for its still waters. Enjoy the spectacular views day and night and embrace the tranquility of the place as you cool off in the waters of Edith River.

After another 50 m come to "Sweetwater Camp".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 4.2 km to get back to the start.

This little side trip takes you to a viewpoint overlooking the Edith Falls if you want to have a quick peek.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Leliyn Trail & Jatbula Trail Start heading along Leliyn Trail (a walking track).
After another 100 m turn right.
After another 55 m come to a viewpoint.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 155 m to the main route.
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Sweetwater Pool


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 8.5 km
Time 3 h, 5 h to 2 days
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 4.3 km from the start.

Toilet: There is one -135 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-135 m[toilet]
Camp site
4.3 kmSweetwater Camp
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