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Ankle Deep Water, NSW
Splash Parks, Shallow Beaches, Lakes and Streams

Want to cool down or splash about without a swim? Here are splash parks, shallow beaches, shallow lakes and rivers across NSW for less experienced swimmers. Ankle Deep Water is my collection of shallow water recreation areas that I collated incidentally while compiling Swimming Hole Heaven for proficient swimmers. I have visited and enjoyed all of these sites. Currently only available in NSW for the south coast, but feel free to suggest a location elsewhere in NSW for me to visit.
Select Your Shallow Water Recreation Area:
Click or tap on the title of each shallow water recreation area below to find out how to get there and what to expect, or alternatively search by map. These areas have been divided into splash parks and shallow entry lakes and beaches.
Shallow Entry Beaches
Ankle Deep Water at Bruce Steer Pool, Bermagui The Bruce Steer Pool is a gently sloping, sheltered beach next to the breakwater of the Bermagui harbour. Perfect for those days when it is too windy at other beaches, and big enough for older kids and adults to enjoy as well… Ankle Deep Water at Cuttagee Lake, Sapphire Coast This tidal estuary has a large sand bar that creates a wide area of shallow, slightly warmer water for kids to frolick in, with clear water and soft sand under foot. Bring some blow up toys to float under the bridge on the outgoing tide…
Water Play Areas, Splash Parks and Splash Pads
Ankle Deep Water at Tathra Big Splash A splash park in the caravan park on the foreshore at Tathra with several medium sized waterslides. Free if you're staying at the caravan park or find out here the times when it is accessible to the general public…

Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information. In addition to your own independent planning, risk management and safety measures, I suggest that if you are visiting these spots, bring bathers, sunscreen, a hat, a towel, a pair of crocs or sandals, a set of warm clothes, a bucket and spade, and any inflatables that you want. Bring a swimming nappy if your child is not yet toilet trained. You can also visit some of these spots in winter if everyone is wearing gumboots.

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