Hidden waterfalls and secret waterholes, what better way to spend the summer days of your youth. Spending hours searching, following the sound of rushing water until you found the perfect secret spot to camp out for the day. Have you ever heard of ‘Cordeaux Beach’? I didn’t think so!
Patrick and James are Cordeaux Heights locals who have spent many days searching the back rivers, creeks and train tracks of the inland suburb way into the hills of Mount Kembla searching for this deeply hidden waterhole. Patrick exclaimed, “after two weeks of searching we almost decided it was an urban legend and almost gave up!” James laughed and agreed.
The waterhole is a series of pools some deep and some shallow. After heavy rains, the water cascades heavily and quickly from the top pool down into the bottom. The bottom pool is the largest and the deepest and is the reason for the naming. It gets shallow around its edges and runs onto the debris and tiny stones in a similar way to the ocean lapping the sand on its shore
The reason the waterhole is so difficult to find is due to its location next to Cordeaux Road. Cordeaux Road is the main road into and out of Cordeaux Heights and it constantly busy and noisy. The sound of the cars masks the running water and it is not safe for pedestrians to walk along at any time during the day.
The two boys laugh as they reminisce about the first time they realised they could access the waterhole so easily from that road. James through his laughter explains “we spent so many hours trekking through overgrowth and mud and now we cross a road and duck under a hedge and we are there!”.
The concealed entrance is one you have to be ‘in the know’ to find or you might just walk right past it! The obscure location gives visitors a feeling of being alone and at peace whilst the world still buzzes around them. The running water and chirping birds offer a certain ambience that blends with the roaring of passing cars to ensure you don’t forget the world is still turning whilst you float and daydream.
Patrick tells “there is something so special about having your own hidden oasis within a small suburb where everyone thinks they know everything” he goes on to explain “it makes me feel as though maybe I know something they don’t”. The boys wish to keep the exact location top secret.
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