To further our exploration of fresh water swimming holes in the south west, we piled in with the family, a thermos of tea and a huge watermelon for an afternoon outing to Barrabup Pool near Nannup. The natural pool is formed by St Johns Brook, and was a recreation area for the manager's family from the nearby mill. The mill was built in 1910 to harvest prized jarrah timber from surrounding forests, which was then transported by steam train to the Busselton Jetty for export. The grubby and uncouth workers were limited to swimming in the Worker's Pool downstream.
The facilities are excellent; barbecues, shade shelters, toilets and a sturdy deck for launching yourself into the water, or sun bathing, depending on your level of irrational fear that crocodiles could have migrated from the Kimberley and be hiding under a log.
Camping facilities are available for a small fee at Worker's Pool (demand is high in the summer and Easter holidays) and for the hikers out there, the Old Timberline Walk Trail follows a 20 kilometre section of the old railway from Cambray Siding (north of Barrabup Pool) to Nannup. A great weekend trip in spring or autumn. It's on the list for next year.