Jump Rock swimming hole is found at the bottom of Macquarie Pass on the left hand side coming from Albion Park. This is a rather small carpark and can become busy on hot days so there is more parking on the other side of the road if needed. The trail starts from the carpark which veers off at the very start. The path to the left takes you to a lovely green field with a river which flows over rocks which makes for a beautiful photo if you are in no rush for time.
To reach jump rock from the carpark, you need to continue straight from the first fork, which slightly veers to the right. Here there is a trail that is clearly visible most of the way. You will notice there the track splits off again a few times, one path that leads along the water and the other that starts to ascend. You are able to take both paths however when the river path ascends, it will meet with the other path. As you walk, you will notice many nice swimming spots if you get hot along the way in which you can easily cool off in.
The path will take you through lush trees that are covered in vines and ferns. Birds whistling, lizards sunbathing and native wildlife are typical fauna you are expected to see. Make sure you do wear inclosed shoes for the walk as the path does become muddy in some sections and there are leeches about so pack some salt. You continue the walk until you come to a section of the river that you need to pass by jumping on to some large rocks. This is how you know you’ve almost made it. When you reach the other side turn to the left and follow the water until you see a large swimming area with a water cascade flowing down.
In the water you will see ropes tied in various places, all of these aiding you to climb. Rock climbing grips have been palced up the walls which you can attempt to climb before falling back into the water. Once you’ve worked up the courage to climb the ropes up the cliff you can then take a leap of faith off the rocks into the deep pool. Jumping platforms range from 3-10metres depending on your confidence.
When you’re ready to head home, head the same way you came to get back to the car.
Pack a towel, sunscreen, water, enclosed shoes and some snacks to make it a full day experience. Please remember to take rubbish with you as bins are not provided. We want the area to remain pristine so please be mindful of the environment.