Nellie’s Glen Swimming Hole
Budderoo National Park, NSW, near Robertson
Nellie’s Glen is a beautiful bushland swimming hole and waterfall in the Budderoo National Park. It is enclosed by vegetation with a rocky surround and lies just upstream from the incredibly impressive Carrington Falls. The pool is roughly 15m in diameter and plenty deep enough for a proper swim. The small but powerful waterfall at the far side has space to get behind it and a handy rock seat to enable a refreshing (if somewhat strong) waterfall massage. This is a well know spot that can get quite busy on sunny summer days. There are plenty of kids who access this waterhole as it has a shallower area on the right hand side, however it is surrounded by boulders and there is no flat, dry area for toddlers to play. The river flows on down over the Carrington Falls and into Kangaroo Valley.
How To Get There: From Robertson or Jamberoo drive along the Jamberoo mountain road. When you see the sign for Carrington Falls, turn onto Cloonty Road and then turn right into the Nellie’s Glen Picnic Area, which is signposted. The last part of the journey is on an unsealed road but suitable for 2WD. From the car park it is about a 5 min walk to Nellie’s Glen swimming hole and waterfall.
Difficulty of access: 2/10 A short walk along a flat but unpaved walking trail through the bush.
Opening Times/Seasons: All day/all year
Entrance Fee: Free
Facilities Nearby: There are picnic tables and non-flush toilets at the parking area. The small town of Robertson is about a 15 minute drive away and has a couple of good restaurants as well as public toilets in the Hampden Park facility.
Other Activities: There are several trails
Other Places of Interest Nearby: The impressive 50m Carrington Falls are just downstream.
Wildlife: Eucalyptus forest, bower birds
Places to Eat: Robertson has a variety of places to buy dine-in or takeaway food (our favourite was Rockabella’s tex-mex cafe). Jamberoo has a pub and there is plenty to choose from in Kiama.
Where to Camp: There is a small (6 pitches) camping area further upstream which can be accessed via the Carrington Falls Access Road. Booking is required and you will need to bring everything with you, including drinking water.
Other places to Stay: There are a number of B&Bs, cottages and a motel in Robertson. The pub in Jamberoo offers accommodation and there is a resort in the town. The local area towards the coast offers a whole host of accommodation options in towns such as Kiama, Gerringong, Geroa and Wollongong.
Nearby Towns: Robertson, Jamberoo, Kiama, Gerringong, Geroa, Lake Illawara, Shell Harbour, Wollongong
Other Swimming Spots Nearby: Carrington Falls Pools