If you find yourself south of the border and deserving of some R&R, you’ll discover several sights in the National Parks of New South Wales that will take your breath and worries away.
For welcome relief for those long summer days and a new adventure for the explorers of the world, here are a few waterholes that will give space to stop and take a beat during those busy road trips.
Settled between Byron Bay and Ballina, Killen Falls is a hidden forest lagoon perfect for swimming. A short walk down a trail off Killen Falls Drive will take you to the top of the falls where you can look down into the swimming hole and to the meadow nearby. The falls are home to a 10 metre waterfall and a hidden cave to sit back and take in your surroundings.
Just north of Sydney back off a busy road are the quiet, isolated waters of Upper Glendill Falls. Hidden down in an amphitheater of rocks and trees, the small waterhole gives the illusion you are hours away from the city. There is a small sandy beach perfect for small children to play, plenty of shade to relax in, and a rope swing into the pool.
The 1km walk to Minnehaha Falls follows the creek and runs steeply downhill to the bottom of the falls. Here you’ll find a few potentially quieter, swimming holes. Here you find yourself almost encircled by towering cliffs that look down at the deep, seemingly bottomless pool. Minnehaha Falls runs all year and allows any sure footed thrill seeker to jump from rocks or the hillside into the water below.
A moderate walk through the north-west section of the Royal National Park will take you passed waterfalls and bushland, down a steep track, to the delightful Karloo Pools. Stop for a picnic with a view or take a quick dip in the scenic rock-pools. If you aren’t in the mood to walk all the way there and back in a day, there is a camping spot nearby where you can stay the night and take in the stars after a day of swimming and exploring.
A popular family spot for swimming, fishing, snorkeling and bushwalking, the Wattamolla picnic area showcases the best of the Australian coast with its bushland and falls. Surrounded by breathtaking lookouts just back from the beach, Wattamolla is the perfect spot for a swim or a hike to clear your mind. You can access the waterfalls by canoe or kayak, or take the time to swim the 50 metres across.
Plan your drive to one of New South Wales great watering holes with RACQ’s Trip Planner or pick up a map in store.