Jelly Bean Pool

Our Top 5 Hot Spots to Cool Down This Summer

Leave the humidity of the coast behind and escape to the natural water holes of the Blue Mountains this Summer with our top 5 hot spots to cool down.

1. Jellybean Pool (pictured above) is a favourite spot on a hot Summer’s day. Located in the Lower Blue Mountains town of Glenbrook, the pool, which is loosely shaped like a jellybean, has a sandy beach, rock platforms and is surrounded by cliffs.

To get there, drive to the Glenbrook Information Centre Car Park. Purchase a ticket to enter the National Park ($8 for a day pass for your vehicle), head to the Jellybean Pool carpark then follow the 500m walking track down to the pool.

2. Known as Paradise to the locals, Paradise Pool is a little off the beaten track. To get there drive to Caley’s Lane in the Mid-Mountains town of Linden and follow the directions here.

It’s a 30 minute walk each way, but if a waterfall tumbling into a deep pool is your thing, then this is the place for you.

3. Not only is it one of the most spectacular swimming holes in the Blue Mountains, it also has a most spectacular name. Minnehaha Falls in Katoomba is a hidden gem and the perfect place to escape the crowds.

It’s a 20-minute walk from the car park, about 10 minutes of which involves some steep stairs. Bring a snack, as there are plenty of shady spots around the edge of the pool to sit back and enjoy the serenity.

4.  Old Ford Reserve in the Megalong Valley is a popular spot, particularly with families and backpackers as it’s easily accessible by car and offers free overnight camping.

It does get busy in Summer but you can easily head up or down the river and find your own quiet spot. There is not a lot of shade, so best to bring your own sun shelter or umbrella.

5. For those who like a kiosk close at hand and prefer their water chlorinated, Blackheath Pool is the place for you.

Located close to town, Blackheath Pool is great for families as it’s surrounded by a park with picnic tables, playgrounds and barbecue facilities.



Sculpture at Scenic World, 2012