Summer is finally upon us! Now’s the time to start planning where to escape to from Sydney’s busy beaches and these 5 swimming holes are a great place to start!

All located within 2 hours drive from Sydney, these secluded swimming sanctuary’s make for a great day out! With most offering great options for bush-walking, scenic spots to picnic and a place to escape the masses.


Located in Blue Mountains National Park in Glenbrook, the Jellybean Pool is a local favourite and a gorgeous spot for a swim and picnic on a hot day with soft sand banks and beautiful bush encasing the natural spring.


Everything is really well signposted in this park, so you won’t have any issues finding your way. It costs $8 per car per day to enter the park, but since swimming hole isn’t too far from the entrance, you can choose to park on the street outside the park and walk in to save yourself a few dollars.



A beautiful swimming hole in the midst of bush-land, a day trip to Mermaid Pools is sure to give you the nature fix you’ve been searching for. The walk to the pools from the carpark is around 30 minutes, so you’ll be ready for a dip when you arrive.


Following Remembrance Drive into Tahmoor, turn onto Rockford Road, make a right turn onto Charles Point Road and park directly on your right. There’s no charge for parking and no facilities. Please take all your rubbish with you.



This Blue Mountains treasure located in the small town of Linden is a tranquil haven in the middle of bush-land. It can be easy to take a wrong turn (as I did at least two times on my first visit), so I would definitely recommend allocating more time to complete this walk than the 45 minutes it should only take to get there.


The easiest place to park is on Caley Lane in Linden. Keep in mind this is a very small and narrow suburban street, so ensure you’re not blocking drive-ways or parking residents in. There are no facilities in this part of the National Park, so please take all your rubbish with you.



Located near Carrington Falls in Budderoo National Park, Nellie’s Glen is a short 100M walk from the car-park off Cloonty Road, Robertson. No National Park fees apply here.


It’s both peaceful and beautiful. Can stop here for a quick dip, or enjoy a picnic and make the most of your time here – why not make a trip to Carrington Falls while you’re close by?



Located near Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, Minnehaha Falls are quite an enticing place to jump in for a quick dip after a few hours of bush-walking.


There are a number of stairs to descend and ascend to-and-from the falls, but not much different to what you may have already experienced in the Blue Mountains. No park fees apply here.


If you would like more information or track notes on any of the places I’ve mentioned here in this post, please email me at cassie@adventuressontherun.com.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! They are all so incredibly beautiful. Breathtaking!

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    1. A perfect little oasis 🙂


  2. Great post! Loved the photos too! It’s always strange to me that your summer is our fall.

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    1. It is bizarre isn’t it? Our weather starts warming up as yours starts to cool down! lol

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  3. Gorgeous! Looks like summer has come early!

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    1. We’re very lucky here in Sydney!


  4. Beautiful pictures 😍

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  5. lissylal says:

    Wow, that looks amazing. So beautiful! How far away from Sydney are these places? ♥︎

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    1. All of them are within a 2 hour drive from Sydney CBD 🙂 the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands etc. A great day trip!

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  6. Beautiful ! I need to make sure I visit these swimming holes 😁

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