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Best Rivers, Creeks and Swimming Holes, Brisbane and Surrounds

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by Kerenza Korostovetz (subscribe)
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Published September 5th 2019
Top spots for cooling off this spring
There's something rather magical about swimming in the "wild."

Local swimming holes, creeks and rivers offer opportunities for exploration, discovery and relaxation. They are also free of charge, which is great for larger families or those on a tight budget. So pack your swimmers, towel and picnic and visit one of the following locations:

1. Rodbourogh Park
1501 Beaudesert Beenleigh Road, Cedar Creek

The creek itself is a very short stroll from the car park, surrounded by thick, leafy bushland. Stunning mature trees, thick vines and rocky embankments set the scene for family adventures.

The flow of the creek is ideal for families with children of varied abilities and interests. Sections with calm and shallow water allow for rock-hopping, exploration and splashing. In sections with deeper water, more capable children can enjoy wading or simply floating around on an inflatable tube.

Swimming creek
The Waters at Rodbourogh Park


2. Bunya Crossing Reserve Swimming Hole
Dugandan Road, Albany Creek

This popular swimming spot is located at the junction of Bergin Creek and South Pine River.

It is suitable for all family members, with shallow sections for less capable children and deeper waters for more experienced swimmers.


3. Cedar Creek Falls
Cedar Creek Falls Road, Mount Tamborine

Located just 700m from the car park, visitors can enjoy a beautiful waterfall, wade in the rock pools or sunbake on the rocky surrounds.

Please note, transitioning from the walking trail to the rock pool area may be difficult with younger children. Assistance is advisable.

Cedar Creek Falls
Relaxing at Cedar Creek Falls


4. Cedar Creek Rock Pools
738 Cedar Creek Road, Cedar Creek

Families can swim at Andy Williams Park or continue along the road to reach the larger waterfalls and swimming holes.

(Not to be confused with the previous location at Tamborine)


5. Savages Crossing
Banks Creek Road, Fernvale

Families can explore the water's edge, look for fish within the shallows, have a splash and sit as the cool water flows by.

Adults and more capable children can venture towards the middle of the river and float along with the current.

The most populated section of this venue is around the entrance bridge. This area can easily be accessed by car and the cleared river bank is sufficiently wide to accommodate parked cars, gazebos etc.

Brisbane River
Savages Crossing


6. Currumbin Rock Pools
1206 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley

Currumbin Rock Pools are ideal for children of all ages and abilities.

Less capable children can explore in the shallow waters, whilst more capable children can scale the rocky embankments, jump from rocks or enjoy swimming.


7. Cougal Cascades
1815 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley

Travel further down Currumbin Creek Road to enjoy the Mount Cougal section of Springbrook National Park.

Aptly named Cougal Cascades, visitors are treated to a series of rock pools and small waterfalls.

Dogs are welcome to go for a splash, but must be kept on a lead.


8. Darlington Park
2505 Kerry Road, Darlington

Darlington Park is an amazing spot for family camping or day trips.

Children of all ages can enjoy the river. There are sections with shallow water and lots of river rocks for exploring and deeper areas suitable for wading, splashing and swimming (there is even a tree swing).

Swimming creek
Darlington Park


9. Enoggera Reservoir Swimming Area
60 Mount Nebo Rd, The Gap

Enoggera Reservoir Swimming Area is accessed by a trail from Walkabout Creek Wildlife and Visitor Centre. Here, visitors can enjoy swimming and various water sports.


10. Evandale Lake
135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

Situated behind the Gold Coast Arts Centre, Evandale Lake showcases a large swimming lagoon with small sandy beach.

The surrounding parklands also feature a fully fenced playground and amenities.
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I hadn't realised these natural swimming holes were still popular. Swimming in natural waterways was quite common when I was young.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7000) 14 days ago
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