Summary: Blue Pool is a popular and very easy-to-reach swimming hole along the Glenbrook Creek, with a wide sandy beach.

The Blue Pool is a popular swimmng hole on Glenbrook Creek, with low rocks on one side, and a sandy beach on the other. The water is fairly shallow near the beach, before getting deep in the middle, making it a popular spot for families. (Although it’s not as busy as the even-more-popular Jellybean Pool which is nearby.)

A short distance upstream is another deep swimming hole, which has a rope swing.

There are no facilities here – the closest toilets at the Glenbrook NPWS information centre.

  • Jellybean Pool – the most popular place to swim along Glenbrook Creek, and the most easily reached via a 200m return walking track (from the lower-most car park).
  • Glenbrook Gorge – more a series of swimming holes, you’ll be able to fnd your private plunge pool here. The steep-ish Genbrook Gorge track descends from near the Glenbrook Information Centre (1.4km return), and then you can walk along the creek to find your perfect spot
  • Glenbrook Creek Sandbar – a longer and steeper (2.5km return) bushwalking track means this small but picturesque swiming hole won’t be busy – it’s also the closest trail to Glenbrook railway station.

Getting to the Blue Pool

There’s a very short (0.6km return) walk down from the signposted Blue Pool Car Park; if this is full, there’s more parking at the Glenbrook NPWS information centre (1.3km return).

More information

There’s been no (reported) fatalities at the Blue Pool in recent years, but two in the 1940s: Frederick William Hankinson struck his head on a rock when he slipped swinging from a rope in July 1943… and in the same year, Henry Sneddon Grant starved himself to death in a cave near the pool (his skeleton was discovered a year later).

A skeleton found in a cave at Blue Pool, Glenbrook, has been identified from a diary as that of Henry Sneddon Grant, 52, of Ethel Street, Earlwood. Grant was a former taxidermist at the Australian Museum and had been reported missing last June. According to the police the notes in the diary indicated that Grant had prepared himself for death by starvation. The diary, which was in parts indecipherable, several times referred to Grant’s hunger.

There were ample supplies of water near the cave, and police believe that Grant was kept alive by drinking water until he lapsed into unconsciousness from weakness due to starvation.

“Starved to Death in Cave” in The West Wyalong Advocate, 13 Jan 1944

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