Although your first instinct during winter might not be to chase waterfalls, or head towards a swimming hole or creek, but we recommend you getting your insta-snaps during the cooler months while the popular spots aren't as busy.
If you can bare it, these swimming holes are a great place to take a dip. Or, if it's a bit too chilly during the cooler months, they are still a great place to relax, read a book, enjoy a picnic and explore.
Here's our top picks:
Voted as one of the top attractions to visit near Brisbane, Rocky Hole is a stunning swimming hole etched into the natural contours of Mount Mee’s granite filled gullies.
To access Rocky Hole we recommend using a 4WD to navigate the gravel roads, but we promise you - it's worth it.
Rocky Hole is fairly central in the Mount Mee section of the D’Aguilar National Park, with access from Woodford or Dayboro. If driving from The Gantry day-use area, it will take you approximately 25 minutes to reach Rocky Hole dependent on weather, however you can also drive south from Neurum Creek Camping area.
This little-known and well-hidden hike is a must for anyone who loves bush-bashing and river bed walking interspersed with gorgeous gorges requiring swimming, as well as ankle-deep and waist high wading.
There are several rock pools along the journey with the longest measuring about 15 to 20 metres. The highlight of this hike is the large, almost crystal clear, rock swimming pool, complete with a short waterfall, found in the second gorge. This large waterhole is shaded by the forest’s towering trees and the gorge’s tall walls so you should expect a refreshingly cool swim here.
The majority of the Northbrook Gorges hike will take you over rocks, boulders, and rough & slippery terrain, making it best suited to fit and experienced hikers (especially if entering the area from the Wivenhoe Lookout).
You will need to rock hop, swim and make calculated steps on small stones so patience is required to experience the hike in its entirety.
Some waterholes are knee high, while others definitely require swimming. Much of the hike involves getting your feet wet walking in the water, up the creek.
You'll find these serene rock pools located just outside of Samford.
You can start your exploration from either the location called Cedar Creek (near Samford) or Draper (near Eatons Hill), both just 30 minutes from the Brisbane.
To reach the creek, drive along Mt Samson Road and turn left onto Cedar Creek Road. You'll drive past Andy Williams Park, where you can stop and enjoy a picnic or a splash in the rock pools.
PLEASE NOTE: There are private properties in the area. Plesae be mindful (and respectful) when entering the parks and reserves of these private properties.
Quietly hidden at the southern end of the Bellthorpe Forest Reserve on the Conondale Ranges, is one of the Moreton Bay Region’s most spectacular natural swimming holes, Stony Creek. True to its name, Stony Creek is a boulder hopping paradise. With water cascading and trickling through pebbles and stone of every colour down into a large natural swimming hole, which flows towards Somerset Dam via Stanley River. The creek is surrounded by native bushlands and can be accessed from the Stony Creek Day-Use Area on Fletcher Road, west from Woodford.
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