Ku-ring-gai Chase: Upper Gledhill Falls
Get There: McCarrs Creek Rd Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NSW 2083 (just after the McCarrs Creek Bridge)
The only thing better than a steaming hot shower is a freezing cold one courtesy of a waterfall buried in the middle of a forest. Upper Gledhill Falls may not have a carpark, but the risk you take in wedging your car on a hairpin bend in order to swim in its cool depths is well worth it, especially because there’s never usually many people there. The waterfall itself is relatively small, especially when it hasn’t rained for a while, but you can scramble up behind it and get right amongst its flow. There’s also a rather pathetic rope swing tied near nothing good to push off from, but it’s still worth a go.
To get there, head along McCarrs Creek Road until you hit the bridge for McCarrs Creek itself. Park as close as you can, and follow the sound of water until you see the top of the waterfall. To get down, turn your back to the road and head right from the Sydney side of thr bridge. There is absolutely no path and a bit of rock-hopping involved to get to the bottom pool, so make sure you leave your high heels in Bondi.