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24 May 2023 | Activities

Enjoy a dip with a difference at these Gold Coast swimming holes

The hinterland might not have the white sandy beaches the state is known for, but Gold Coast swimming holes hold their own. From private waterfalls to pristine nature, here are three spots where you can cool off on your next trip.

Cougal Cascade

Only twenty minutes from the coast but a world away from the rat race, the Currumbin Valley is home to waterfalls aplenty, but one of the easiest to access is Cougal Cascade. A 1.6km bitumen track takes you on a leisurely stroll through the rainforest; you’ll hit the cascades around 500 metres in but spare a few minutes more to visit the historic sawmill further down the path. There are plenty of spots for a dip; locals love swimming right in front of the cascade where a rock face is a handy spot for a towel or your gear.

Waterfall at the rock pools in Currumbin Valley

Twin Falls

Looking for a little drama with your dip? The Twin Falls inside Springbook National Park is your answer. Dropping roughly 30 metres down into a gorgeous Gold Coast swimming hole, the falls are spectacular rain, hail or shine. It’s a 4.3km round trip walking into the falls, and you can hop on the trail at either Tallanbana picnic area or the nearby Canyon lookout. Make sure you follow the signs; with the walk taking you behind two waterfalls there are a few slippery spots. It’s worth the care – swimming under the rainforest canopy with the falls as your backdrop is a refresh you won’t find elsewhere.  

Twin Falls, Springbrook National Park

Lamington National Park Waterfall

The World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park has plenty of secrets, and this one is extra special. Only accessible on a three-hour walking tour hosted by Park Tours, you won’t find a more secluded Gold Coast swimming hole than this one. Guided tours can run with just two people, so it’s just you, your travel partner, the guide and the great Gondwana Rainforests of Australia all around you. And this very secluded swimming spot that only Park Tours can lead you to.

One of the Lamington National Park waterfalls

Swap the crowds of the coast for the quiet calm of the rainforest without sacrificing the swim – now that’s a win win.

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