Unless you grew up in the northern NSW region, or are a mad keen surfer, you probably have never heard of the town ‘Angourie’.
As a child, living about 40 minutes down the road this would have been one of my favourite beach locations to visit during summer. It’s a place i haven’t visited since leaving my home town well over 15 years ago, so when i had the opportunity to spend a weekend just down the road at Yamba, i wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to re-visit the Green & Blue pools at Angourie.
So what’s so special about the pools? They are like a little piece of heaven on earth. An oasis of natural beauty. The perfect spot for a picnic and a refreshing swim on a hot summers day.
The Blue Pool
When walking from the car park off The Crescent, you walk down a little beach track which opens out right at the Blue pool. This pool is family friend with easy access in and out of the water and ample space to sit around the waters edge. There are a few small rock faces along one side of the pool that are fun to jump off.
A little further down the path from the Blue Pool, tucked away behind the tree’s is the green pool, unless you know its there you could easily miss it all together. It’s the prefect ‘hang out’ place for the adrenaline junky, with a large cliff face that makes a great diving platform. Climbing the cliff face to the top is enough to get the adrenaline pumping. But once you make it to the top the only safe way down is to jump!
As natural as the pools look, both were once a rock quarry. When mining the rocks a fresh water spring was disturbed which suddenly transformed them into an aquatic haven.
Only meters away from the pools is a rock shelf separating the pools from the pounding ocean. This is also a great place to explore with all sorts of sea creatures to discover in the rock pools.
Angourie is located on the North Coast of NSW, 10km’s south of Yamba. The nearest major town is Grafton. The nearest airstrip is a private strip on Palmers Island.