Tucked away in the suburban landscape of Brisbane’s northside ‘The Hills District’, is Bunya Crossing Reserve Swimming Hole. Voted one of the Moreton Bay Region’s best natural swimming holes, Bunya Swimming Hole is located at the junction of Bergin Creek and South Pine River, just 25 minutes from Brisbane CBD.
Backing onto the beautiful Bunyaville State Forest Park, the swimming hole caters for all ages. Toddlers will enjoy splashing around in the ankle deep water area, digging around on the muddy banks, investigating the reserves insects and water wildlife. Whilst older children will have a blast swimming out into the deeper waters, perfect for water sports such as kayaking and paddle boards. Why not bring a ball and play a game of water tag!
Dogs are welcome to go for a splash, but must be kept on a lead. Here’s a list of other dog parks in the Moreton Bay Region.
When it’s too crisp to swim, just feed the ducks (duck food only please – bread is bad for ducks!) or go wildlife spotting! The swimming hole and surrounding parklands is home to an array of wildlife, including possums, insects, fish, turtles, waterbirds, bush turkey’s and even the odd wallaby!
Bunya Swimming Hole and the nearby South Pine River is a popular location with local children to throw in the line and do a spot of fishing. You might just catch yourself a bream, trevally, cod, jew, catfish or jacks.
When fishing from a bank, look for weedy areas or submerged logs and rocks to fish near. Fish often group together in these calm spots to feed.
If you have a kayak, push yourself out into the water and just kick back and relax.
Be sure to pack walking shoes when visiting Bunya Crossing Reserve. The popular spot is part of a larger network of parklands, forestry and waterways. With recreational walking trails meandering throughout The Hills District suburbs. From the swimming hole you can explore:
Or take a drive over the bridge and explore:
Bring a packed lunch and enjoy the natural surrounds from the picnic area. Bunya Crossing Reserve has basic picnic facilities, including;
Space is limited, but it is a great spot of nature play birthday parties and family get togethers.