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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published March 14th 2020
Superb rainforest swimming in the Gold Coast Hinterland
Currumbin Rock Pools in the Currumbin Valley offer excellent swimming to those fortunate enough to find them. Although less than a drive from Currumbin Beach, these rock pools in the Gold Coast Hinterland feel like they are a world away.

Currumbin Rock Pools in the Gold Coast Hinterland
Currumbin Rock Pools in the Gold Coast Hinterland


Currumbin Creek flows through the rainforest of Springbrook National Park before pausing at Currumbin Rock Pools. This pause within the rocks creates a wonderful hinterland swimming experience.

Cascades above the main rock pool
Cascades above the main rock pool


The rock pools are characterised by small cascades on the upper reach, with the water flowing into a large pool just beneath them. Here it sits for a while before rushing down the little rapids at the other end of the park.

This large pool has a shallow beach on one side, but is quite deep in the middle and towards the cliffs
This large pool has a shallow beach on one side, but is quite deep in the middle and towards the cliffs


The Gold Coast City Council has installed a number of facilities at Currumbin Rock Pools that make the area perfect for a family day out.

The view from one of the picnic shelters at Currumbin Rock Pools
The view from one of the picnic shelters at Currumbin Rock Pools


These include a number of picnic areas and gas BBQs. There is also a little walk along the creek with trees to climb and a rope swing hanging over the pool from one of them. Dogs are welcome but must remain on the leash at all times.

Someone thoughtfully installed this rope swing over a deep section of pool
Someone thoughtfully installed this rope swing over a deep section of the pool


If you don't feel like bringing a picnic or meat to BBQ, there is a coffee shop directly across the road from the Currumbin Rock Pools carpark area. Beneath the car park and swimming hole is a large grassy parkland with additional picnic shelters.

Om Cafe and Convenience Store opposite Currumbin Rock Pools
Om Cafe and Convenience Store opposite Currumbin Rock Pools


The modern amenities block has always been clean when we've visited and has disabled and parent facilities.

The modern amenities block at Currumbin Rock Pool
The modern amenities block at Currumbin Rock Pool


Currumbin Rock Pools provides a swimmer's paradise with its varied depths and currents. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are no lifeguards here, and to never swim alone.

A huge, natural swimming hole
A huge, natural swimming hole


Some items to pack for your day out include:

Sunscreen and insect repellent
Hats
Swimmers and towels
Drinking water - the tap water at Currumbin Rock Pools is non-potable
A camera for the beautiful cascades, and the memories
A ball to kick about on the large grass field beneath the swimming hole

A large area of parkland beneath the swimming hole at Currumbin Rock Pools
A large area of parkland beneath the swimming hole at Currumbin Rock Pools
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Why? Superb swimming in the Gold Coast Hinterland
When: Anytime
Phone: 07 5582 8211
Where: Currumbin Valley, 1206 Currumbin Creek Road
Cost: Free
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