Top 5 Freshwater Swimming Spots

During the hot and humid summer months in North Queensland, the local residents usually retreat to the backyard pool or the chilly waters of natural swimming holes and creeks. Being able to sit in a cool refreshing rock pool surrounded by beautiful rainforest is one of the great pleasures of living in this part of the world. Take a look at our top 5 Freshwater Swimming Spots:

1. Crystal Cascades – 30 minutes from Cairns.

Directions from Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

Location:  Redlynch Intake Rd, Lamb Range, QLD, 4870.

Several natural swimming pools all accommodated with paths and steps for easy accessibility.

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2. Lake Barrine – 60 minutes from Cairns.

Directions from Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Location: Gillies Highway, Yungaburra, QLD, 4884. (Atherton Tablelands)

Being an old crater, Lake Barrine offers crystal clear waters surrounded by giant Bull Kauri Pines. There is a Teahouse for refreshments.

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3. Babinda Boulders – 60 minutes from Cairns.

Directions from Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

Location: Babinda, QLD, 4861. (South of Cairns.)

Perfect place to relax on an inflatable or soak up the sun rays with its large swimming space and picnic grounds.

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4. Josephine Falls – 60 minutes from Cairns.

Directions from Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

Location: LOT 1 Josephine Falls Walk, Bartle Frere,  QLD,  4861. (South of Cairns.)

Popular for its natural slide made from smooth rocks that will take you down a mini waterfall into a waterhole.

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5. Harvey Creek – 45 minutes from Cairns.

Directions from Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

Location: Bellender Ker, QLD, 4871. (South of Cairns.)

Another favourite for families, as it provides picnic facilities, shallow swimming areas, rock pools but by far the best fun here is jumping off the bridge into the water.

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