There is something special about hiking through the bush or rainforest to arrive at a place that you can swim. Below are a selection of some of my favourites.
This swimming hole is usually referred to as the Kondalilla Falls Swimming Hole, but in fact it is not below the falls at all. This swimming hole gives you the option of taking a short stroll down to the swimming hole or do a 4.7 km circuit to view the falls, build up a sweat and so need a swim.
Many people consider this the best swimming hole in South East Queensland. Hiking to it is a bit of an adventure as well. You hike to over 5 ridges and cross 2 creeks to get the portals area. The portals refer to a rock through which you need to climb to get to the swimming hole. Well, actually you can go around the portals but then it wouldn't be an adventure. None of this stops lots of families with young kids going there.
Only a 3 km hike from the Binna Burra Visitors Centre, this lovely deep and clear pool nestled in Lamington National Park's rainforest is rarely visited as most hikers head to the more famous tracks. It can also be visited at the end of the 16.6 km, class 5 Illinbah circuit.
Not a swimming hole, but Noosa Heads provides a great location for hiking as well as beaches. A circuit can be done by taking the Tanglewood Track to Alexandria Bay, then hiking back along the coast track to find a beach that suits you.
Surfer hiking to his favourite surfing beach at Noosa Heads
Anyone driving along the Mt Glorious Road will notice that there are cars parked along the road, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. What the locals know is this is the spot you can hike down to the creek and find a swimming hole.