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Explore the wonders of nature with these swimming holes in Brisbane

When the heat of the Queensland sun blazes overhead, there's no better way to beat it than by immersing yourself in the cool embrace of the local swimming spots. Brisbane, a city blessed with abundant natural beauty, boasts an array of nearby swimming holes that promise a refreshing respite from the heat and unforgettable experiences in nature. From cascading waterfalls to tranquil rock pools and reservoirs, let's embark on a journey to explore some of the best swimming holes in Brisbane and surrounding area.

Bunya Crossing Reserve

Nestled in the Moreton Bay Region, where lazy Bergin Creek meets South Pine River, Bunya Crossing Reserve is a hidden gem offering the perfect interlude on a warm summer day. The natural watering hole is located just 25 minutes from Brisbane CBD, making it easy to escape the hub of the city for a refreshing afternoon dip with the kids, a spot of fishing, kayaking or paddle boarding, or a picnic or BBQ with mates, surrounded by lush greenery.

Enoggera Dam

Heritage-listed Enoggera Dam dates back to 1866 and remains one of the favourite Brisbane swimming holes. The dam, more commonly known as Enoggera Reservoir, is located on the edge of D'Aguilar National Park— just 30 minutes from the CBD. While swimming is permitted in designated areas, the calm waters of the dam offer a chance to cool off and take in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre sits next door, which means double the fun on a family day out with the chance to view local lizards, snakes, fish, eels and freshwater crocodiles.

Lower Portals

Located in the iconic Mount Barney National Park, Lower Portals is a must-visit for adventure seekers in Brisbane. The journey to this natural swimming hole involves a scenic hike, but the reward is definitely worth the 2-3 hour round journey. Picture yourself basking in crystal clear waters framed by steep granite cliffs and enjoying a moment to cool down in a hidden paradise surrounded by nature's beauty. 

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Kondalilla Falls

Venturing a bit farther north, the Sunshine Coast's Kondalilla National Park unveils the mesmerising 90m Kondalilla Falls with one of the area's top swimming holes at its base. Jump on the Kondalilla Falls Circuit, a 1.5 - 2 hour walking trail through towering fig trees and ancient rainforest to lookouts with charming forest vistas and down to the scenic rock pool for a leisurely dip. 

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Rocky Hole

Journeying to the Mount Mee section of the D'Aguilar National Park reveals Rocky Hole, an idyllic swimming spot that lives up to its name. Surrounded by rock formations and shaded by a eucalyptus forest, this series of tranquil rock pools provides a serene escape from the Brisbane bustle. The swimming hole is easily accessed via a 200m walking track that leads to the rocky creek edge. 

Currumbin Rock Pools

While a bit closer to the Gold Coast than Brisbane, Currumbin Rock Pools is a local favourite, just 15 minutes from Currumbin Beach. These inviting pools, formed by the Currumbin Creek, provide a fantastic spot to swim, leap into the water, laze on sun-warmed rocks, explore the stunning natural surroundings, or picnic on the grassy banks

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Whether you're chasing waterfalls, seeking hidden rock pools, or looking for a refreshing swimming hole at the end of a hike, these enchanting locations offer a glimpse into the wonder and beauty of Brisbane and the surrounding areas.

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