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Promised Lands

North Coast NSW

Angel Gabriel Capararo Reserve


Distance (kms):

0.9 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 1 hr

Elevation gain (m):

18 m

Max. elevation (m):

85 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A hidden gem in the hinterland, where you can find multiple swimming holes nestled among pristine forest. 

This moderately to heavily trafficked location is found approximately 2.5 kms drive along Promised Land Road in Glennifer, just outside of Bellingen. 

The Promised Lands are a hidden gem, consisting of multiple pristine swimming holes found along Never Never Creek. 

From the small car park after the wooden bridge, it is a short and easy walk to the creek’s edge, where you can explore for approximately 500 metres upstream.

Near the bridge, the creek cascades through giant boulders in between shallow pebble-lined pools. 

Further upstream, the boulders give way to beautiful smooth pebbles, where the pools get a little deeper, and you can often find swings and ropes at the more popular swimming spots. 

There is a rough dirt track slightly inland along the creek, however it is also possible to spend most of the time walking along the pebbles right at the shoreline of the creek.

In the warmer months, this location can become very busy, however during the cooler months is typically far less busy and enjoyable to visit. 

Note: as with any natural swimming hole, it is essential to be mindful and respectful of the environment. Take any rubbish with you, including food scraps, and minimise the use of chemicals such as sunscreens, lotions and deodorants to keep the water clean.

The drive to the Promised Lands through the hinterland is beautiful and should not be rushed.

The Promised Lands can be visited as part of the 185 km Waterfall Way scenic drive from Coffs Harbour to Armidale.

Track: The track along the creek has been naturally formed and is somewhat rough in places. There is also the option to walk along the pebbles at the creek’s edge. While the track is unsigned, it is a straightforward walk up the creek and so is easy to follow.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for most people, however those with balance issues should be careful as there are some rough sections with exposed roots and rocks. 

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came. 

getting there

The trail starts from a small car park on Promised Land Road, in Glennifer (near Bellingen), 5 hours drive south of Brisbane, 5.75 hours drive north of Sydney, 45 minutes drive south-west of Coffs Harbour, or 2.25 hours drive east of Armidale. 

To reach the location, navigate to Promised Land Road (at a four-way interception with Gleniffer, Timboon and Buffer Creek Roads). Follow Promised Land Road for approximately 800 metres and turn right into Promised Land Road – this road loops around. 

Approximately 2.5 kms after the right turn, you will cross a wooden bridge, with a small car park on the right immediately after the bridge. The road is unsealed, but is suitable for 2WD vehicles in normal conditions.

After visiting, either return the way you came, or continue along the loop of Promised Land Road.

Parking is limited and the location can become very busy on weekends and during the warmer months.

There is also a parking spot right next to the main swimming hole, however this is accessed via a rough, narrow road that is only suitable for 4WD and high-clearance vehicles.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. It is particularly busy on weekends and during the warmer months.

Like all walks involving creeks, be sure to check for updates regarding flooding after heavy rain.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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