Local Escapes

Day Tripper | Nellies Glen

By Natasha Gamra
11th Jan 2019

Summer is fun and all but everyone knows the crowds in Sydney can get overwhelming at times. Enter the Day Tripper guide, your go-to for finding swimming locations around the city to escape those damn crowds.

In other words, your dreamy (short) day trip is absolutely sorted. Roll up your towels and slap on your Birkenstocks, here's where to escape Sydney beach crowds this summer.

Location: Nellies Glen


Nellies Glen is an unknown slice of heaven to road-trippers. A sanctuary for those of you who enjoy the cool, crisp sounds of the falls. Just 100 metres away from the gorgeous Carrington Falls, this secluded alternative is possibly the best way you can spend a lazy summer day.

Jump off the rocks into the deep waters, or pull out a towel and speakers for sunbaking in the bush. If you’re keen for some adventures, just head along any of the multiple walking tracks that will take you towards rock pools and picnic spots.

Note: The car park is about a 30-second walk away from the falls, so we think that’s certainly close enough. Click here for parking information.

For Your En-Route Caffeine Fix

Make a slight detour to Bowral for your morning coffee buzz. The RAW & WILD Market & Café is made of dreams because whether or not you’re a piccolo of cappuccino fanatic, you’ll want to grab yourself a cup of their sweet java. Travel another 40 minutes after you’ve gotten a caffeine jolt and you’ll find yourself at the falls.

For A Solid Feed

Head into Robertson (about a 15-minute drive away) to try out the south’s best feed at Moonacres Kitchen. You'll find the flakiest croissants along with an epic breakfast bruschetta with zucchini noodles. For a takeaway snack, their home-made sausage rolls and meat pies are a sure-fire win.

Extra notes: For a spot of coastal shopping you’ll want to head home via Wollongong and hit up Home Thyme. You’ll always find the best aesthetically pleasing homewares outside of Sydney. So, take advantage and load up on candles, plants and pillows.

Prefer beaches? Here's where to find the secluded shoreline of Maitland Bay.

Image credit: Adobe | NSW National Parks | Moonacres Kitchen

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