Nellie’s swimming hole and the Blue Pool are great little getaway destinations in the Illawarra. A natural rock pool and waterfall where you can swim and frolic in the natural surrounds to your heart’s content.
Located in Budderoo National Park, if you follow the path from the small car park, which is about 50 minutes south west of Wollongong, you will find yourself winding through the trees until you feel as if you’ve stumbled across a secret place.
With the sun shining in rays through the canopy around the pond and the waterfall trickling gently, it can be quite a serene location.
Float in the cool waters and wonder or go chasing the array of wildlife and insects which call the area home, including water striding beetles, tadpoles and more.
Small groups come and go and it’s a popular spot to enjoy the cool water. Everyone from families to teenagers comes to visit the pools.
It’s best for experienced swimmers and kids will of course have to be closely supervised, families with younger kids may be better off visiting the Blue Pool around 3 minutes just upstream.
Slightly larger, the Blue Pool has both shallow and deep water to play in and plenty of rock shelves around the edge to sit and dangle your legs in.
Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, towels, hats and a picnic!
By Martyvis – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48483306