Jellybean Pool Glenbrook is a fantastic bush walk to take the kids on. Located inside Glenbrook National Park, this walk is a simple 15 minutes to Jellybean Pool, and 15 minutes return.
Where is Jellybean Pool?
Jellybean Pool is located within Glenbrook National Park on Bruce Road, Glenbrook. As you park the car and approach the Ranger’s Hut, you’ll find that Jellybean Pool is one of the first tracks within the national park, and one of the quickest and easiest for kids to undertake. It is a popular spot in summer because you can of course swim in the natural pool, but diving is not recommended, and you should absolutely be vigilant with little ones as there are hidden objects beneath the water’s surface such as rocks, tree branches and sticks that can be difficult to see.
How difficult is the walk?
Jellybean Pool Glenbrook bush walk is a relatively easy walk to do. It is dissected by a road that leads to a car park so you come to the road at a few points on the trail and have to cross over to continue on the walk, however it is signposted so it’s simple to follow the path. The walk in takes approximately 15 minutes, and is all downhill so getting in is a breeze. But like all things, what goes down must come up, so the journey out required a pit stop for the littlest set of legs in our tribe. It is approximately 15 minutes to walk back out to the ranger’s hut, but it is mostly climbing up stairs so it’s a good little workout for the family.
Are there any other bush walks nearby?
Absolutely! If you want to try a similar walk with a bit more distance in it, The Gorge is a one hour round trip and takes you to Glenbrook Creek, which leads into the Nepean River. This is a grade 4 walk, and whilst it’s only 3km each way, it involves more rugged terrain for the adventurous tribes. The Red Hands Cave track is also a 3km trip, but a grade 3 walk, taking between 1-2 hours to complete. You will be able to visit the indigenous Red Hands Cave, and walk on a track that has been walked by Aboriginal tribes for thousands of years.
How much does it cost and is it open during Covid-19?
It is free to walk on the trails at all times – but if you want to drive into the National Park there is an $8 entrance fee per car. During lockdown periods, the gates to the park are shut, but the trails are open for exercise purposes. So you can park nearby and approach on foot. You cannot bring dogs into the National Park, as it’s home to many native animals, and fines will apply. Check the NSW National Parks website for more information before planning your bush walk.