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Published May 7th 2014
Rainforest swimming holes for everybody
A wading spot for the little ones
Stoney Creek can be found at the very end of Stoney Creek Road, off the Cairns Western Arterial Road (also known as Reservoir Road by the locals). The road is bitumen, and the creek is a minute's walk away from the very tiny carpark.
Despite the popularity of this rainforest swimming spot, it is possible to find spots on the creek where you can enjoy the Barron Gorge National Park in private.
The best thing about Stoney Creek is how it caters to the whole family regardless of age or swimming ability. There are many shallow sections suitable for the little ones, and deeper pools suitable for the older ones. There are also adult size swimming holes.
There is an important aspect most people (even locals) forget when visiting rainforest creeks in the tropical Far North Queensland - the mozzies. There are almost always thick clouds of mosquitoes buzzing around incessantly. Yes we forgot, and yes this meant no mozzie repellent for us.
Thankfully this time, we were visiting Stoney Creek with friends who had brought repellent and even better, mosquito coils. Yes! Insert air punch here. Marginally safe from the bloodsucking frenzy, we all sat down to enjoy the positives.
The scenery provides plenty of photographic opportunities, and is the perfect setting for some serious chill-out time. Crisp air and accompanying sounds and scents of rainforest all contribute to the revitalising energy present. Hyperactive and high energy kids will be in their element here, being able to expend their energy positively.
Planning the dam construction
Playgrounds have nothing on creeks such as this one. Rocks, sand, stones, and waterlogged tree trunks provide the needed material to build dams and water tunnels. The walking tracks by the creek provide a way to explore the rainforest - and what kid doesn't enjoy exploring?
Unfortunately dogs aren't allowed at Stoney Creek as it is a National Park. If you want to take your dog rainforest swimming with you, Emerald Creek outside Mareeba is one such place where dogs are allowed (on leashes).