Despite being relatively easy to reach, the Glenbrook Creek Sandbar is generally pretty quiet, and you’ve got a good chance of having this idyllic swimming hole on Glenbrook Creek to yourself. There’s no campground here, but you could camp by the creek.
The natural pool has a wide, sandy beach with plenty of shade on both sides of the creek.
At the upper end of the Glenbrook Creek Sandbar, there’s a small cascade. The water quality of Glenbrook Creek has varied a from year to year – but in general the creek is in fairly good health and the water is good, making this a fairly safe swimming spot even after rain.
Getting to the Glenbrook Creek Sandbar
Thre are a few ways to reach the swimming hole, which you can combine to form a loop (and some longer routes also pass this spot).
You can take the Station Street Firetrail from the end of Station Street or Cox St in Glenbrook, which is 450m from Glenbrook railway station. From the end of the firetrail a bushwalking track descends to the creek. The bushwalking track is fairly distinct. This is about 1.4km one-way.
Or, follow Glenbrook Creek upstream from the Blue Hole, which has a small carpark or is a 2.4km walk from Glenbrook station. There’s no track, but it’s fairly easy walking along the edge of the creek down to the Glenbrook Creek Sandbar. (You could also start further downstream from the Jellybean Pool.) This is about 1.3km one-way.
Glenbrook is about 42km from Katoomba (40min drive) and 62km (50min drive) west of Sydney. There are trains at least once an hour to Glenbrook station.