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Swimming Hole Heaven in Queensland
Your guide to the best swimming holes

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.

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. Swimming Hole Heaven in Queensland
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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:
Swimming Hole Heaven - Currumbin Creek at Cougal Cascades 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… Swimming Hole Heaven - Currumbin Valley Rock 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…
Swimming Hole Heaven - Tallebudgera Creek at Harley Smith Reserve 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 shallow rapid… Swimming Hole Heaven - Tallebudgera Creek Estuary Boom 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… Swimming Hole Heaven - Gardners Falls 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… Swimming Hole Heaven - Wappa 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… Swimming Hole Heaven - Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island 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:
Swimming Hole Heaven - Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon 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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