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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Murray Falls, Girramay National Park

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Murray Falls, within Girramay National Park, is one of north Queensland's prettiest waterfalls, with large volumes of water racing over naturally sculpted granite boulders. Rainforested mountains and tropical lowlands meet in the attractive foothills of the Kirrama Range.

Mossman Gorge Centre

Mossman, Douglas Area
From AU$8.50 - 8.50
Visit Mossman Gorge and experience the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest with pristine waterfalls, mountains and vivid flora and fauna, all the while getting lost in its enchanting stories and rich Indigenous heritage.

Gardners Falls

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
Leave your vehicle in the car park on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek and take a short, level walk downstream to Gardners Falls.  You’ll pass a number of shallow rock pools which are ideal for smaller children who just want to splash about.

Fishing in Currawinya National Park

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
There are three different fishing spots in the Currawinya National Park - Corni Paroo Waterhole, Ourimperee Waterhole both on the Paroo River and Lake Numalla. Camping is available in designated areas at a cost.
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Emerald Creek rushes out of the rainforest-clad heights of the Lamb Range and down into open eucalypt woodland. Here the waters of the creek tumble over granite boulders, forming the picturesque falls that plunge into placid pools.

Malanda Falls Conservation Park

Malanda, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
Surrounded by dense rainforest, the North Johnstone River tumbles over basalt rock that was formed by an ancient lava flow at Malanda Falls. The much-photographed picturesque falls flow into an artificial swimming pool in this popular park near Malanda.
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Davies Creek Falls, a magnificent waterfall cascading over huge granite boulders, and the impressive Clohesy River fig tree are major features of these national parks. Dinden National Park straddles the Lamb Range-the string of mountains behind Cairns.

Cedar Creek Falls

Proserpine, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
You will find Cedar Creek Falls about half way between Airlie Beach and Proserpine on Saltwater Creek Road. Set in a natural rock amphitheatre, you will enjoy spectacular waterfalls in the wet season and abundant flora and fauna including majestic white cedar trees, Alexandra Palms, wild orchids, colourful butterflies and many beautiful birds.

Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
You'll be amazed when you stand in front of Wallaman Falls, Australia's highest permanent single drop waterfall, located in Girringun National Park. In between the forest clad ridge tops and rainforest lined gullies and creeks, Wallaman Falls stands at 268 metres.

Lake Wabby

Fraser Island, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Lake Wabby is relatively close to the ocean side of Fraser Island and unlike the other lakes, it supports several varieties of fish. It is known as both a window lake and a barrage lake. Window lakes form when the ground level falls below the water table.
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Crystal Creek, Paluma Range National Park, Townsville North Queensland