The Bents Basin
This is the Bents Basin, a deep waterhole that forms part of a gorge on the Nepean River between Camden and Penrith in New South Wales. It has a good picnic grounds, a parking area and a function building for wedding, birthday celebration, family event and many more. Bents Basin is also a perfect place for swimming, canoeing and fishing.
The river’s upstream
We visited this place in November 2012 and we saw some people having a nice day in one of the picnic area close to the river, a man swimming and another man canoeing up the river. I had several photos taken here and right upstream which was almost covered with huge rocks. The bush surrounding it is so thick yet created a fine habitat for wild birds and animals. It’s a serene place, a place to enjoy nature and relax. Some of my friends celebrated their Christmas Eve celebration here during that year.
The picnic grounds
They say that the site caters for caravan and camping but we didn’t see any campers when we came here. All we saw was, a family event taking place at the function building.
Local sketch of the area.
The Cataract Dam, New South Wales
We were ecstatic when we saw this dam, old yet huge, strong and picturesque and my first time to see a dam such as this one, a 56 metre high holding water from a 130 square kilometer catchment forming an 850 hectarelake with a capacity of 94,300 megalitres which was built and completed in 1907.
The Cataract Dam is the first and oldest of the great dams of the Upper Nepean River, tamed to provide water for the growing population of Sydney.
The dam wall itself is actually of primitive construction (monolithic sandstone blocks blasted out of the surrounding cliffs) combined with then modern concrete technology for the facings. Primitive as it is but attractive and now often visited by people and because of its popularity, it was then provided with sufficient picnic facilities.
A closer view of the Dam
At the picnic grounds are over 30 barbecue areas; 40 tables with benches; 3 undercover areas with BBQs, tables, hot and cold water for up to 40 people each; 3 clean and modern toilet blocks (paper supplied!) plus disabled facilities; a modern children’s playground; heaps of garbage and recycling points; and acres of lawns for the kids to play on.
We were here summer time two years ago with some friends after our visit to the Bulli beach not far from here.
We were then having a good stay at the Wentworth Falls Lake in Blue Mountains when we decided to get down to the Jellybean Pool at Glenbrook, and that was about four in the afternoon of summer.
Jellybean Pool, Glenbrook
This picturesque naturally formed swimming hole in a shape of a jellybean is very popular to the local folks. We reached the place but the car park already had closed but still we managed to park along the side of the road not far from it and the lady caretaker just instructed us to walk down the track with stairs. But that wasn’t easy really to get into there because we did have to carefully walk on these stairs flanked by sandstone cliffs leading to the river down below and we sweat a lot in that process. It is not recommended for those oldies and young kid’s to walk through them. As we went down the Glenbrook Gorge, we passed by big gum and grass trees, birds chirping on top of trees, a natural beauty indeed that mustn’t be missed out and so we stopped at some few stairs down to enjoy the scenery of the mountain tops.
Well, the river was calm and still with sandy shore. I had to explore the extent of the river to get more stunning photographs and that I did by climbing up and down those huge boulders along the river bank until I reached the dead end part and soon after some of our companions also followed me down the track. One of our companions can’t help but to take off his shirt and had a good swim into the cool water of the river, all I can do was to take photos of him and the scenic landscape of the place.
The rocky part of the Jellybean Pool
It’s a nice place and we could have stayed long enough here but because it’s getting dark, we had to get back up and head home. I have more photos in my photo gallery at the sidebar for you to view them.
The Fitzroy Falls.
We came into this place when we went to the Kangaroo Valley and was our first stop in the journey.
It is a relaxing and invigorating place surrounded with thick and vast vegetation with the Fitzroy Falls as the main attraction. It was named after New South Wales Governor Fitzroy who visited the place in 1850 and named the place after him.
The Fitzroy Falls is a natural with spectacular beauty falls lie in the path of the Yarrunga Creek, which drops over 80 metres down the escarpment, and flows on into the Kangaroo River. Today, it’s one of the many tourist attractions in the area. We too, were amazed at the awesome beauty of the falls and we had heaps of photos taken at the view deck overlooking it and the surrounding mountains and the river down below.
The visitors’ and information centre.
The Visitors’ Centre is situated in a wildlife reserve. There are displays of flora and fauna and the works of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, tourist information, picnic area, toilets, and a cafe.
One of the spectacular mountains surrounding the area.
This was another glimpse of the southern highlands south of Sydney, stunning and captivating. It’s a place that provokes one’s enthusiasm to revisit the place once again. As I was writing this topic and posting it in my blog, coincidentally the program of the station on Getway I was watching on TV was Fitzroy Falls and Kangaroo Valley surroundings. Oh, awesome, right?