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Best Swimming Holes in South East Queesland

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published May 29th 2014
Cool down after a hot hike

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.

Kondalilla swimming hole
Kondalilla swimming hole

Lower Portals, Mt Barney

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.

Lower Portals swimming hole at Mt Barney
Lower Portals swimming hole at Mt Barney

Gwongoorool pool

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.

Gwongoorool Pool
Gwongoorool Pool

Noosa Heads

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
Surfer hiking to his favourite surfing beach at Noosa Heads

Cedar Creek Falls Rock Pools

It is just a short walk, not really a hike, down from the barbecue area to this lovely little swimming hole. Worth a visit if you are up in Mt Tamborine.

Cedar Creek Falls Rock Pools
Cedar Creek Falls Rock Pools

Mt Glorious

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.
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They look wonderful but can you please tell me where they are exactly? How we find them? Thankyou in advance for you help.
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