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Bunya Crossing Reserve Swimming Hole

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by Lou (subscribe)
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Published October 13th 2017
Refresh body and soul in this secret swimming hole
Swimming nature river bunya
Peaceful, fresh water swimming


Fancy a refreshing dip without the crowds or the chlorine?

For 10 years, I was living less than 15 minutes away from this secret swimming hole and had never heard of it.

At Bunya Crossing Reserve in Brisbane's North West (Albany Creek) you can swim for free in the peaceful South Pine River.

There's heaps of room in float around in peace. Or practise your strokes, if you're feeling energetic.

Or maybe you want to stroll under the trees first, following the easy paths along the riverside.

bush walk bunya
Take a short stroll or active hike before your swim


You can also spread a picnic blanket on the grass or cook some snags on the BBQ while the kids kick a ball around.

Any fur-kids are welcome too if they're on a lead (but be prepared as many dogs aren't, although those I have seen off leash kept their distance from us).

river swimming picnic
A beautiful spot for sundowners


If you've got a kayak or stand up paddle board to bring down, the good news is the carpark is close to the water. No need to carry your stuff far.

Handy to know: As well as a picnic table, BBQ and bins, there's also a toilet here.

Don't expect powdery-white sand along the river - the bank is gravelly. With a fold-up chair or thick towel, you can relax right by the water in comfort.
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Why? Swim outdoors the way nature intended
When: Gates open at dawn and close at sunset
Where: Albany Creek, 30 mins north west from the CBD
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I heard about it from friends in local dogpark. My old lab loved it
by Roz Glazebrook (score: 2|593) 639 days ago
Thank you Louise :) Likewise lived in the area for decades and didn't know about this place for the kids (now grown up). Good for a drive and relax now though,
by Lissa (score: 1|15) 640 days ago
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