Picturesque rock pool hidden next to a major highway two hours form Sydney

The picturesque natural rock pools bushwalkers are lining up to see and it’s right under your nose next to a major highway

  • Stunning rock pools found near major highway becoming a popular tourist spot
  • Jump Rock in Macquarie Pass is found off the Illawarra Highway at Albion Park 
  • The trek is an hour and a half return, and recommended for experienced hikers 

Stunning rock pools hidden in plain sight near a major highway is fast becoming one of NSW’s most popular bush swimming spots.

A 45 minute walk off the Illawarra Highway in Albion Park, a two hour drive south of Sydney, will take you to Jump Rock in Macquarie Pass.

While most travellers head along the easy Cascades walking track, bushwalkers in the know take the path less traveled across slippery rocks to the glistening pools. 

Stunning rock pools (pictured) hidden in plain sight near a major highway is fast becoming one of New South Wales’ most popular swimming spots 

A 45 minute walk off the Illawarra Highway at Albion Park, a two hour drive south of Sydney's CBD, will take you to Jump Rock in Macquarie Pass (pictured)

A 45 minute walk off the Illawarra Highway at Albion Park, a two hour drive south of Sydney’s CBD, will take you to Jump Rock in Macquarie Pass (pictured)

Starting from the Cascade Falls parking lot, experienced walkers can strap on enclosed boots before starting off from the path to the left the carpark. 

The track takes walkers over a green field and flowing river, past lush greenery and waterholes, through mud and over sinewy tree roots, amongst active native wildlife. 

The trail splits off occasionally and is not always clear, but keep close to the river and all tracks lead to the same place – a gush of water hikers can pass by jumping onto large rocks. 

To finally enjoy the pools, adventurers stay left past the large boulders and climb up slippery cliffs using ropes and grips before leaping into the water from platforms reaching 10m high. 

Wildlife spotted in the lush ferny forest in Macquarie Pass National Park include chatty lyrebirds, koalas nestled in branches, coquettish swamp wallabies, and busy platypus and water dragons. 

Starting from the Cascade Falls parking lot, experienced walkers can strap on enclosed boots before starting off from the path to the left the carpark

Starting from the Cascade Falls parking lot, experienced walkers can strap on enclosed boots before starting off from the path to the left the carpark

While most travellers head along the easy Cascades walking track, bushwalkers in the know taken the path less traveled across slippery rocks to the glistening waterhole

While most travellers head along the easy Cascades walking track, bushwalkers in the know taken the path less traveled across slippery rocks to the glistening waterhole 

Tourists who have braved the trek called it ‘beautiful’ and a ‘summer gem’. 

‘The water is beautiful and clean and a nice way to cool off on that hot days. Can’t find much better,’ one person wrote about the pools. 

‘A summer gem to help you cool off,’ another described it.

Locals warn the 1.5 hour return trail is for experienced walkers only, is not be suitable for young children and should not be attempted during or after heavy rain. 

Another option for travelers wanting a more easygoing trek is to walk to Cascades Fall, an easier hour-long stroll which leads to a gushing waterfall and picnic spot. 

The landmarked track will take bushwalkers down a cool valley within a fern understudy to a resting place with a view of the waterfalls. 

The destination is a two-hour drive or less from Sydney’s CBD or Parramatta in the city’s west, 30 minutes from Wollongong and two and a half hours from Wollongong. 

Tourists who have braved the trek to reach the pools called it 'beautiful' and a 'summer gem'

 Tourists who have braved the trek to reach the pools called it ‘beautiful’ and a ‘summer gem’

To finally enjoy the pools, adventurers stay left past the large boulders and climb up slippery cliffs using ropes and grips before leaping into the water

To finally enjoy the pools, adventurers stay left past the large boulders and climb up slippery cliffs using ropes and grips before leaping into the water

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