Sydney | The Best Adventure Spots With Nathan McCallum

Sydney | The Best Adventure Spots With Nathan McCallum

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"SYDNEY IS BEST KNOWN FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, WHERE THE WATER IS BLUE, SAND WHITE AND THE SUN SHINES, YEAR-ROUND." - Nathan McCallum

These picturesque stretches are all well and good for some relaxation, but what about those of us wanting to get active, and get the adrenaline pumping?

In the following list, I've put together seven of the best spots around Sydney to get out, get active and make the most of the alternative fitness activities that this beautiful city has to offer.

Jerusalem Bay, Brooklyn

Where:

Jerusalem Bay is slightly north of the centre of Sydney, up on the Brooklyn Waterway. 

How to get there:

Public transport will take you right to the start of the hike, just get the train to Cowan station, then follow the signs towards the Great North Walk. 

This will take you down a 3KM track, ending up at a little lookout, overlooking Jerusalem Bay. Make sure to pack water, the walk can get incredibly hot in the summer months! If you're looking to do the jump rock here (and it is definitely a good one) ensure you check the tides beforehand, as it's most accessible when the tide is low.

To get to the jump, wade across the stretch of water at the mouth of the inlet (waterproof footwear helps...there are some rather sharp rocks/oysters to climb over getting in and out of the water). 

Check the video below for a better idea of how to get there, and what to expect from the jump!


Wattamolla Falls, Royal National Park

Wattamolla is a local hotspot, with people travelling in from the surrounding suburbs to spend their days by the clear blue ocean, or lazing along the river that flows into the ocean. 

The cliff to jump is super easy to find, as it is just beyond the carpark, on the other side of a railing. This rock jump has a few heights to jump from, but make sure you check the water depth before jumping in as this is a tidal area - and as always - safety must come first!

How to get there:

Public transport is not really an option for Wattamolla Falls, so having access to a car, is a must.

Mermaid Pools, Tahmoor


How to get there:

Heading southwest from Sydney, head to Tahmoor to find the mermaid pools. This spectacular spot is nestled into the canyons of the Tahmoor Gorge, and the walk down from the carpark sees beautiful figure 8 pools and mini waterfalls to swim in.

Once down at the pools, you have several options for jumping, depending on how brave you are! Jumps start at 8m and go all the way up to 30m (I've only done this once...and I can confirm that it is a LONG way down!)

Note:

The only way out of the pools once jumped, is via a rope up the side of a waterfall, so decent upper body strength is needed here...

Somersby Falls

How to get there:

Head an hour north of Sydney, and take the Gosford turnoff towards Somersby. Here you'll find a beautiful series of waterfalls, and a nice hike down through the rainforest.

After rain these waterfalls are pretty spectacular, but even without they're still a great day adventure, and a perfect Summer activity! If you continue to follow the water further downstream from the final fall, you'll find several smaller water holes, great for swimming and with some fun jump rocks.

Nielsen Park Jump Rock, Vaucluse

This is probably the closest to the centre of Sydney, with Nielson Park Jump Rock facing back towards the stunning Sydney city skyline.

How to get there:

Easily accessible from Shark Beach by following the cliffs around to the left of the beach, this spot offers some spectacular views, as well as a welcome reprieve from the population on the surrounding beaches. 

Top Tip:

Be sure to bring a camera, as the shots here and nothing short of iconic.

Fraser Beach National Park

This spot is our furthest outside of Sydney, but to this day, is still my personal favourite. Based on the northern part of The Central Coast, Fraser National Park follows the coastline, with some pretty incredible ocean cave structures, white sandy beaches and big rock jumps.

A trip here, is a full day trip, but well and truly worth the adventure.

Manly Jump Rock

How to get there:

Another easily accessible jump here, just follow Stuart Street straight through the bush to pop out at this gentle jump, with more beautiful views of the surrounding area!

KNOW OF ANY MORE ADVENTURE SPOTS? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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