Located at the city-side entrance to Blue Mountains National Park, Jellybean Pool in Glenbrook attracts Sydney day trippers and locals alike, making it very popular in the warmer months.
Being so close to Sydney makes this pool as busy as an urban water park in summer, but a large sandbank means there’s usually enough dry real estate to lay down your towel while you take a plunge.
The pool is named so because its shape resembles a jellybean, but the name could also be said to target its main clientele… families flock here in summer because the shallow areas and sand underfoot make it an ideal splash zone for children.
There’s a small cost if you want to drive into the National Park and there are strict opening hours (see below). There’s also a minimum 20-minute walk with stairs to negotiate, so factor that into your planning.
Some lovely short walks are nearby, or your could take a drive up to Nepean Lookout to turn a visit here into a half- or full-day adventure.
Getting there: Turn off the Great Western Highway at Ross St, then turn left onto Bruce Rd. Park the car at the one of the car parks (see below) and take the Jellybean Track down to Jellybean Pool.
Parking: You can choose to park your car in the paid car park on Bruce Rd before the National Park tollgate or you can drive into the National Park and park at the designated Jellybean Pool car park. This is situated 200m after the tollgate on the left. This option results in a shorter walk to the pool itself. Both the paid car park and National Park entry fee are $8 per vehicle, per day.
Cost: $8 per vehicle, per day
Opening hours: 8.30am–7pm during daylight savings; 8.30am–6pm the rest of the year.
Distance: From the Jellybean Pool car park it’s about a 200m walk downhill; about a 10-minute walk.
Check out my other suggested places to explore in the Blue Mountains.