Summer is upon us and what better way to welcome it in than a January heat wave. That’s it, temperatures are set to soar this weekend and I’m already starting to feel it. Rather than stay cooped up in a darkened room with AC on, why not venture outside to some of Queensland best free swimming spots.
South Bank Lagoon
South Brisbane QLD 4101
For those stuck around the city and surrounding suburbs, the South Bank beach and lagoon is your calling. This man made sparkling lagoon surrounded by a white sandy beach is the perfect place to chill out. A great view of the river, eateries everywhere and the city just over the bridge, South Bank is our most recommended place.
Enoggera Reservoir, QLD 4520
Enoggera Dam is Brisbane’s oldest reservoir and a great place to go swimming. Surrounding by bush and with phenomenal views, Enoggera is the perfect spot for canoeing or kayaking. Or if it’s relaxing you’re planning on doing, grab an inflatable and float around as the sun passes by.
Montville QLD 4560
Kondalilla is a bit of a hike North of Brisbane but well worth the trip. The swimming hole in near the top of the waterfall so you don’t have to venture far to find it but we recommend completing the trek. The full circuit took us well over an hour but made the swim so much more inviting when coming back around. The great thing about this place is that it is surrounded by forest, so the water is cool and refreshing even in the scorching heat.
Obi Ln S, Maleny QLD 4552
Not far from Kondalilla, Gardener falls is also another great place for a swim. Lots of flowing water and very much a safe trip for the family with the falls being about half a kilometer from the carpark. This place gets really busy over the holidays so try to avoid peak times, although we found everyone to be respectful.
Wynnum Wading pool and Waterpark
173 Wynnum Esplanade, Wynnum QLD 4178
With the water being only a few meters away from the tables, Wynumm Wading pool is an awesome place to chill out all day and have a picnic. The pool is filled with seawater which comes in during high tide, ideal for the kids to play and cool off while enjoying activities.
Lower Portals – Mt Barney
Mt Barney National Park, Boonah QLD 4310
A walk through the bushland will reward you with the pleasure of swimming in deep rock pools surrounded by short waterfalls. Just like the others, the water here is so refreshing due to it being surrounded by bushland. This place is a bit more secluded, so keep your eyes peeled for the native wildlife in the area.
Settlement Cove Lagoon
Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe QLD 4020
For a free swim, this place is pretty damn cool – and popular with the kids. At the base of the Redcliffe cliffs, Settlement is a huge tropical lagoon with enough space for everyone. Clear water and well-kept grounds will make this a popular place over the weekend.