When it comes to the debate about the best beaches in NSW, the conversation is always around the north, south and east. Never the west.
But what if I told you, that I think the west has the best waters? Sure, you might not get the big, sandy beaches like you do elsewhere, but trust me when I say you can experience the most peaceful, clean and wonderful waters out my way.
I’ve just moved into an apartment at Penrith, and it’s given me a fantastic opportunity to really explore the west.
Despite growing up in Western Sydney, I’d never really ventured further than Parramatta. On the odd occasion, I’d make my way to the Blue Mountains, but I never truly explored it.
I now have a real opportunity to do so and I’m so hooked!
A few weekends ago (one of those ridiculous 40 degree days), I was tossing up whether or not to make the ridiculous drive to the beach… but let’s be honest, no one wants to sit in their car for well over an hour… only to arrive at a beach where you can’t park the car and everyone’s piled on top of each other!
So, I thought I’d see if there were any swimming spots around Penrith I could visit.
My trusty mate (Google) recommended Blue Pool immediately. Part of Glenbrook Creek in the Blue Mountains National Park, Blue Pool is a quiet, secluded swimming hole, surrounded by gorgeous trees and rock formations. It’s not far from the Great Western Highway, but you’d honestly never know.
You know the saying “at one with nature”? I honestly felt that. All I could hear was the water flowing and the birds.
The water, although very cold, was so clear and clean – I even had an eel swim past me at one point. And there was enough shade to stay hidden from the sun when I was feeling a little too hot.
It’s also a perfect spot for a picnic. Just find a good, flat rock and it’s all yours.
While it’s not a far walk from the carpark, it may be a little difficult for anyone with bad knees, as the track can be a little steep and uneven. For everyone else, it’s seriously so easy, and so worth the effort for the experience.
And it’s not far from the Penrith CBD – it’s only about a 15 minute drive.
Blue Mountains road trip
If you are looking for a day trip or a weekend away, Blue Pool can be incorporated into the Blue Mountains Road Trip Itinerary – view or download the map here.