January 21, 2020: Please note visitors are urged to proceed with extreme caution when visiting the area.
Mermaids Pool is referred to as “The sacred home of a D’harawal river spirit: the Migadan” signifying the importance of the area to Aboriginal peoples as a sacred location.
This is an extremely dangerous place and not suitable for recreational swimming. Multiple deaths and serious injuries have occurred at the location in the past few years.
If you jump or dive into the waterhole, there is a severe risk of harm due to varying water depth, hidden obstacles such as rocks, snags and currents under the surface. There is no safe exit point from the waterhole and many people have slipped and fallen while trying to exit the water.
The site is difficult to access and when incidents occur, they put a heavy strain on local Emergency Services. Poor mobile phone coverage adds to the obvious risks.
There is no public parking or on-road parking on Rockford Road near the “The sacred home of a D’harawal river spirit: the Migadan” and fines will be issued for vehicle owners who park illegally. There are no amenities or fresh drinking water available on site. Snakes, ticks and leaches are also present. If you choose to visit the site, you do so at your own risk.