A short and scenic 45 minute drive from the centre of Wollongong lies Nellies Glen- a secluded little area in the Jamberoo precinct containing calming rapids, lush ferns, local fauna and a gorgeous waterfall.
The drive itself is just as awe-inspiring, featuring both a steep winding road lined with a thick canopy of trees, and various tiny waterfalls weeping through small rock formations in the walls surrounding the road. I couldn’t help but ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ as we made our way up the curving track to our destination.
However, it is the treasure that lies at the end of this trip which is truly amazing.
It includes a number of watering holes for those water babies out there, and a few walking tracks for people who want to challenge themselves with a hike to lookouts such as Missingham and Warris Chair.
Carrington Falls is a hotspot for those candid #adventurer pics, with its mossy rocks, deep rock pools and powerful waterfall. I would highly recommend venturing out there for that extra special shot to have your Instagram followers begging you to tell them “where is this?!”
I myself found myself at the Nellies Glen Picnic area most of the day, wandering around the slippery rapids and dangling my feet over the giant cliff edge, constantly reminding my friends to not be dumb and scare me whilst sitting so close to my potential death.
The sheer drop of the waterfall from the nearing rapids is terrifyingly magnificent, and I couldn’t help but test my
dare devil stupid side and sit over the edge of the cliff to get that perfect view and adrenaline rush I’m always searching for.
If you’re looking to cool down, the rapids have many deeper and calmer spots for floating around in. As well as this, the Kangaroo River is attached to the back-end of the cascades if you’re searching for more of a still and quiet dip.
Make sure you wear swimmers and bring a towel, hat, sunscreen, water, snacks (if you’re planning on having a picnic) thongs, and walking shoes if you are wanting to hike to one of the nearing lookouts. For more info make sure you head to the National Parks and Wildlife Service website!
If you want a visual of Nellies Glen and its accompanying waterfall, make sure you take a look at the YouTube video below of our day trip to the stunning area.