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Leave The Beach Behind, We Have Some Of Australia’s Best Swimming Holes

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Sick of the sand, busy beaches and burning your feet on hot concrete? The coastline isn’t the only place to go swimming in Aus, and neither is your neighbour’s pool! Thanks to the beautiful landscape and nature that covers the land down under, we have plenty of swimming holes for you to visit. Time to enjoy the cool water of a swimming hole in one of Australia’s many national parks.

Gunlom Falls, Kakadu National Park, NT

Nicknamed the natural infinity pool, the Gunlom Fall swimming hole looks over a stunning view that seemingly goes on forever. Found in the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park, the Gunlom Falls has a beautiful swimming hole that is the star of many Instagram posts. Not a long or hard walk to this swimming hole thankfully, but you’ll still feel refreshed in water. The traditional owners of the Kakadu National park have requested that certain areas are closed. As of Oct. 16th, the walking track to the lookout and the falls above the swimming hole is not open. 

Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Litchfield National Park NT

Less than 2 hours from Darwin is the magnificent Litchfield National Park, a park filled with native wildlife, scenic views and incredible rockpools. The Tjaynera Falls are 4WD accessible only, with a camping area and other facilities. A short 1km walk from the campsite, that’s completely worth it because Litchfield is beautiful, and you’ve reached the gorgeous swimming hole. The area is rarely busy because of the 4WD accessibility, and perfect for getting that stunning insta shot. 

Check out our visit Litchfield National Park here.

Killen Falls, Emigrant Creek, NSW

Killen Falls in New South Wales is found in one of their most beautiful areas. Close to Ballina, you might find it hard ditching the ocean for an inland swimming hole but let us tell you that it’s worth it. A short, easy walk through incredible bushland you will find the Killen Falls, which are ideal for cooling down and enjoying the scenery. The Killen Falls are the last remnants of the Big Scrub rainforest and it’s extremely important to make sure that you leave the area as you found it. 

Fern Pool, Karijini National Park, WA

The Fern Pools in Western Australia look almost unreal; they’re so picturesque. Within the Karijini National Park, the Fern Pools are easily accessible from Fortescue Falls and luckily, it’s not a big hike to get to the falls either. Surrounded by luscious green ferns (hence the name), the fern pools are crystal clear with plenty of water flowing from the falls. There are picnic tables overlooking the swimming hole and the falls. If you’re after some more exploration and walks in the national park there are heaps of walking tracks in the area.

Cedar Creek Falls and Rock Pools, Mount Tamborine, QLD

In just one hour from Brisbane, you can leave the busy city behind and end up at idyllic waterfalls and a cooling swimming hole, literally. The best time to visit Cedar Creek Falls is summer because Mount Tamborine is always a few degrees cooler than the surrounds. No need for extensive hiking gear as it’s only a short walk (500m) from the car park and picnic area to reach the falls and swimming hole. The area is abundant with native flora and fauna, it’s a great place to sit down, chill out and soak up the environment.

Millaa Millaa Falls, Atherton Tablelands, QLD

The Millaa Millaa Falls is part of the Far North Queensland “waterfalls circuit,” a much-visited circuit of three different waterfalls are nestled in a 17km area. Millaa Millaa stands out because it’s one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia. The area is also home to the Ulysses Butterfly and if you’re lucky you might even see a platypus or two playing around in the water.

Lower Portals, Mt Barney, QLD

The Lower Portals are a beautiful swimming hole and walking track on Mount Barney and not far from the Gold Coast. From the car park to the swimming hole and back it’s a 7.4km walking track that has a bit of overgrown bush making it easy to lose the path. The portals themselves are tranquil and relaxing, a perfect place to relax and cool down after the first half of the walk. Most of the mountain area is part of the Gondwana Rainforest, a World Heritage Listed rainforest, and is home to many endangered frog species.

Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, NT

A beach in Central Australia? Almost. The Ormiston Gorge swimming hole is permanently filled with water and is surrounded by sandy banks that’ll have you feeling like you’re on the coast. It’s a short walk from the car park to the swimming hole so you start cooling down immediately but if you wish to really earn your swim or just check out the area, there is The Ormiston Pound walk which is a 3-hour loop track.

Current State Border Restrictions

Anyone can enter New South Wales unless they have travelled to Victoria in the last 14 days. You must comply with the states own entry requirements. If at any point you start displaying symptoms, each state requires for you to get tested immediately.

When travelling from Queensland to New South Wales you’ll need a Queensland Border Declaration Pass, you can apply for a pass here. 

Western Australia is currently not allowing people who have travelled to NSW back into the state unless you are essential personnel. 

Anyone arriving in Northern territory must fill in a border form and if you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot are required to quarantine for 14 days. 

Jade Dillon Jade is keeping up to date with everything pop culture and Aussie travel. Find her across Brisbane's trivia venues or exploring some of Queensland's best travel destinations, her favourite place to visit is the Noosa North Shore.