Most of my trips to Queensland have been to visit theme parks or the beach, but I have been fortunate enough
to explore some swimming holes. I've included several freshwater swimming spots in south-east Queensland in
both the Gold Coast hinterland and the Sunshine Coast hinterland, as well as a croc-free swim for first time
visitors to Cairns. If anyone would like to let me know about any other swimming spots that I should visit,
drop me a line via the feedback page.
Above: Discover swimming holes such as Cougal Cascades on swimmingholeheaven.com
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Most swimming holes in far north Queensland will be closed during the wet season due to
flooding or risk of crocodile attack. Reading the safety information
is extremely important in
this region as you could be risking your life if you don't.
Select Your Swim:
Click on the heading of each location to find your next swimming day trip or holiday destination.
Swim safe, have fun and remember that no matter how cold the water is, it's alright once you're in!
South East Queensland:
This spot is a bit tricky to access down a steep and slippery path, but once at creek level there are several deep swimming holes to explore, all
surrounded by dense rainforest, and each with its own cascade at the top end of the pool…
Located a few steps from the Currumbin Creek Rd, this huge natural pool has a little cascade bursting in at the top end that creates
a great mix of tranquil and turbulent swimming conditions. It is big enough for lap swimming and well set up for picnics…
An immense, lush lawn leads down to the water's edge of this deep, chalky turquoise swimming hole in the Gold Coast Hinterland. It
has the benefit of shade at the water's edge, a good flow of water, and a submersed wall of stones across the river that provide a
A floating boom creates an Olympic length swimming pool in the estuary, right outside the caravan park, that is hugely popular with
kids. Alternatively, wander along the estuary foreshore to find a quieter spot to swim before a lunch or evening bbq…
Several rope swings with teenagers and adults on high rotation, swinging up and out before darting from great height into the deep water
like human gannets. The water can be a bit murky, but the pool is quite large with swimming and bathing options upstream and downstream
of the falls…
An often ferocious flow of water into this deep, turbulent pool with stone cliffs on three sides creates an exhilarating space for swimming
that is also popular with cliff jumpers, with calmer water immediately downstream of the pool…
Immerse yourself in the azure blue waters of this white sand oasis on the Sunshine Coast. The sparkling
water is also low in pH, which makes it one of the cleanest, critter free swims in Australia that is
suitable for all ages and swimming abilities…
Far North Queensland:
Right in the heart of Cairns, this croc-free, constructed lagoon is a great public open space. It has
a swimming pool with beach entry, lawned surrounds under the palm trees, and a splash park on the foreshore nearby…
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information
. If you know of a swimming hole in Queensland that you think
I would like to visit, suggest a site
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