While there are plenty of popular swimming spots and beaches in and around Sydney, the city also has some pretty great natural swimming holes up its sleeve. One spot we can’t get enough of is hidden in the picturesque Budderoo National Park, famous for its many waterfalls and lookouts. The swimming hole in question is a Blue Pool that lives up to its name. While the pool glows with a striking blue hue do note that the light conditions have to be right for it to do so. You can also spot black water beetles and huge tadpoles near the pool. Here’s everything you need to know about the stunning swimming spot and how to get there.
Blue Pool, Budderoo National Park
First things first, you don’t want to confuse this Blue Pool with the more popular Blue Pool Walking Track in the Blue Mountains. Despite the similar names, this pool actually lies south of Sydney within the Budderoo National Park, less than two hours drive from Central Sydney and the dreamy location is well worth the day trip out of town.
The national park has heaps to explore with a number of convenient walking tracks including the popular Carrington Falls walking track. The easiest way to get there is via Jamberoo Mountain Road until you see the sign for The Blue Pool on your right. There’s also parking at the Blue Pool Carpark, located just 100-metres from the pool.
Things to do at Budderoo National Park
If you’re visiting Budderoo National Park, don’t forget to check out Nellies Glen, a beautiful swimming spot that is great to frolic around in. The little-known spot connects the top of the spectacular Carrington Falls to a secluded rock pool and natural swimming hole. It’s the perfect spot for a dip or to soak up the natural surroundings in the area. The Carrington Falls drops over 50 metres down into the Kangaroo River and it’s one of the best waterfalls in the area so we recommend spending some time enjoying the views.
Other highlights in the Budderoo National Park include the Minamurra Rainforest area which is perfect for bushwalks and hikes, the Warris Chair Lookout Track which begins at the Nellies Glen picnic area and the Carrington Falls Campground which is the only campground in the national park. Find more highlights and choose your adventure here.