Best Queensland swimming spots

Here are our picks for the best spots to visit this summer.

There is no better addition to an Australian summer than road tripping to your favourite swimming spot. There are plenty of hidden gems all over the state, from secret waterholes to gorgeous beaches. Here are our picks for the best spots to visit this summer. 

Currumbin Rock Pools 

This hidden oasis offers tranquil waters, picnic shelters, tables and parking nearby. You can jump from the small rock wall or head to the secret waterfall 50 metres up stream. This is a beautiful spot that will make you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Absolutely peaceful.

Cedar Creek Falls, Mount Tamborine 

At the base of Tamborine Mountain lies Cedar Creek, which winds back and forth, creating a series of swimming holes. Around 45 minutes from Brisbane city, the falls are a great place to unwind and enjoy the refreshing waters. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Be warned, though, this spot can get very busy!

Tallebudgera Creek

If swimming holes aren’t your thing, then Tallebudgera Creek will offer plenty more space for you and your family. The creek is a great spot to do stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking as the waters are calm. If you want to try your luck and wet a line, the creek is the perfect spot for fishing where flathead, bream and whiting are all popular catches. 

Noosa Main Beach 

One of the trendiest spots on this list, Noosa Main Beach is also one of the prettiest. Whether you want to have a swim in the calmer waters or browse the numerous shops along Hastings Street, there is something for everyone in Noosa. When you get hungry, there are plenty of places to ease your appetite. We recommend the delicious Betty’s Burgers, makers of some of the finest burgers and milkshakes in the state. 

Kondalilla Falls

Located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland near the town of Montville, Kondalilla Falls is a great place to go for a hike in the beautiful rainforest. Once you’re hot and sweaty, the rock pool above the waterfall is a fantastic place to cool off and enjoy the serenity. You’ll find it hard to believe that a spot as good as this is so close to home. 

Booloumba Falls and rock pool

Booloumba Creek is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets. Located near the town of Kenilworth, this special spot is only accessible with a four-wheel-drive, making it much quieter than other locales on this list. The walk to the waterhole is a 3km round trip so you will want to relax and swim once you have arrived. This is one of the most peaceful spots in Queensland. The best bit? You will most likely have the whole place to yourself. 

Gardner's Falls

Another Sunshine Coast hot spot, Gardner's Falls is home to one of the biggest and deepest rock pools in the state. It’s so deep, in fact, that a swing has been setup high on the hillside, offering those thrill seekers a much-needed adrenalin shot. Make sure you always check the water depth and watch out for any underwater obstacles such as rocks before you dive in.