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Currumbin Valley Rock Pool
Gold Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia


 
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 easy to access, located right next to the road, with a large lawn area for relaxing near the water. For those who want a leisurely swim, head down the short path to the lawn, where there is a pebbly beach for walk-in entry into the water. The pool itself is about 40 metres long and 20 metres across, and gets deep quite quickly, so there is plenty of room to swim laps in either direction, with rocks to rest on if you make it to the other side. Swimming at Currumbin Rockpool in the Gold Coast Hinterland Above: The pool at Currumbin Rock Pool (Order gifts or prints of this image)

For more adventurous swimmers, head upstream to the little cascade at the top end of the pool. You can reach this cascade by climbing down over the tree roots on the little track that runs down from the toilet block, or swim from upstream and climb up over the rocks.
The water runs through this narrow opening to the pool quite swiftly, but on my visit I was still able to maintain my footing easily against the current. There is also a little pebbled entry point that is separated by a rock bar from the main current, that allows you to enter calm water gradually before stepping into the main current. The rock bar at the upper end of Currumbin Rock Pool Above: The rock bar at the upper end of Currumbin Rock Pool (Order gifts or prints of this image)

The water in the main pool is a bit chalky, so visibility under the water is often not great. There was a bit of rain about during my visit, including a heavy burst during my swim, but the water was still warm enough to enjoy. I had a chat with one of the locals afterwards, who indicated that the water is often this chalky, but I would expect the clarity to improve after a spell without any rain.

Here is a video of swimming at this spot, both in the pool and at the cascade upstream. The weather was a little bit wet, but the water still warm enough to enjoy.

Essential Information Before You Go:
Location:Opposite 1206 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley.
Latitude:-28.204746 Longitude:153.395795
Getting there: From the Pacific Motorway (M1) at Currumbin, follow Currumbin Creek Road for 12 km until you reach the car park on the side of the road, just before Reynolds Road. The swimming hole is directly in front of the car park.
Facilities: Public toilets with baby change facilities, sheltered picnic tables, public barbecues, car park, rubbish bins, lawn area
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Mild
Water clarity: Clear to cloudy (a little chalky due to suspended limestone from upstream, particularly after rain)
Under foot: Rock, pebbles and coarse sand
Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Experienced
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No running, no jumping, no pushing, no diving. Dogs are permitted.
Sun shade: Shade available out of the water. Shade available in the water upstream of the upstream cascade.
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: There are wheelchair accessible paths around the barbecues and some of the picnic tables, but there are no well defined wheelchair accessible paths to the water's edge. There is a parking space for the disabled.
Accommodation Options: Camping is not available at Currumbin Valley Rock Pool. If you are visiting the Gold Coast, for accommodation close to this swimming hole, you can try accommodation in the Currumbin Valley.
Managing authority: Gold Coast City Council
Nearby attractions: Cougal Cascades swimming hole, a further 8 km upstream.
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information. Specific to this site, the managing authority advises that death and serious injury have occurred as a result of climbing on rock cliff faces and diving around the rock pools. The managing authority also displays general warnings on site about submerged objects, and the potential for dangerous aquatic organisms. This general warning sign for all Gold Coast waterways showed the picture of a shark beside the dangerous aquatic organisms warning, but nothing bit me while I was in the water, and there are definitely no sharks in this freshwater pool.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the rock pool.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website. If you are visiting this swimming spot and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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