Waterfalls and Natural Swimming Holes

In a state gushing with hypnotic cascades and revitalising natural swimming holes, the best advice we can give you is to forget the 90s hit song: definitely do go chasing waterfalls.

Roaring glory
  • Lace up your hiking boots and immerse yourself in the spectacular Gondwana Rainforests of Australia or Wet Tropics World Heritage areas. Both sites are overflowing with wondrous waterfalls and are great places to start scratching the surface of Queensland's immense and impressive ancient rainforests.
  • On the western slopes of what was once an active volcano, Queen Mary Falls is part of the headwaters of one of Australia’s longest river systems, the Murray–Darling, plunging 40m to continue its twisting journey down the valley floor.
  • The locals won’t love us for sharing the secret of the Crystal Cascades, a secluded series of idyllic waterfalls and swimming holes about 14km from Cairns. Earn your dip in the freshwater pools with a walk through the surrounding rainforest, or pack a picnic and sit back in the cooling shade of an overhanging tree.
  • Just outside the town of Ravenshoe you’ll encounter Millstream Falls, reputedly Australia's widest single-drop waterfall. The falls tumble over an old basalt lava flow, a legacy of the Atherton Tableland's volcanic past
  • Hidden in the rugged ranges of Queensland's central highlands, Carnarvon Gorge will wow you with its gorges, waterfalls and secret pools, not to mention the abundance of wildlife, plants and birds that call the area home.

Take a dive
  • Cool down away from the surf and sand in one of the many swimming holes of the Gold Coast, including Currumbin rock pools, Cedar Creek rock pools and the man-made rockpools at Broadwater Parklands.
  • The tiny township of Finch Hatton presents you with a rare chance to get up close and personal with an Aussie icon when you go scuba diving with platypuses.
  • Freshen up on Fraser Island with its champagne pools, fresh springs and over 100 freshwater lakes.
  • Take refuge from the outback sun with a splash in the boulder creeks in Girraween National Park.

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Crystal Creek, Paluma Range National Park, Townsville North Queensland