Australia isn’t short on opportunities to get back in touch with nature and no activity is more back to the wild than wild swimming. Some of the best spots in the country can be found on the east coast and we’ve broken down the top five places to take a dip in the wilderness.
North Queensland – Lake Eacham and Millaa Millaa Falls
Lake Eacham is a huge volcanic lake located in the Atherton Tablelands up near Cairns which came into being more than 9,000 years ago when a volcanic eruption left a huge crater in its wake. This slowly filled with water and formed the lake as it is today. Its deep waters are a great place for swimming, hiking and kayaking. Just 30 minutes away is Millaa Millaa Falls, a gorgeous waterfall with a plunge pool suitable for swimmers and part a hiking trail which takes in two other falls along the way. Its well known for its wildlife such as Ulysses butterflies, turtles, flying foxes and even water dragons. Join a tour and take in both sites in the same day.
Fraser Island – Lake Wabby and Lake McKenzie
These two beautiful lakes are located on the sandy paradise of Fraser Island and, like most places on the island, are idyllic places to visit. Lake Wabby is Fraser’s deepest lake with striking green waters backed by beautiful sand dunes meaning you can swim and relax in equal measure. Lake McKenzie is a larger, “perched” lake which means it sits well above the water table, so the water you’ll be swimming in is pure rainwater. It’s silica beach is even whiter than regular sand and makes for a beautiful place to chill out. Let someone else do the driving on a group tour around the island.
Gold Coast – Cedar Creek Falls
Cedar Creek Falls are a series of picture perfect waterfalls and plunge pools formed out of natural rock amphitheatres located in the Tambourine National Park, about an hour’s drive from Brisbane. The rocks surrounding the falls are smooth and flat meaning they’re great for sunbathing and relaxing after your swim. A hiking trail passes close by and the falls are very easy to access. Cedar Creek is a great day trip from Brisbane when the city madness gets too much.
New South Wales – Jellybean Pool
Probably the best named of the lot, Jellybean pool is located in the stunning Blue Mountains National Park. With a sandy river beach and calm waters it’s a great place to take a relaxing dip with kids. There’s plenty of shade on land and it’s an easy hour’s drive from Sydney. Check out Red Hands Cave while you’re here. Vibrant red, white and yellow hand print silhouettes grace the walls and are thought to date back as far as 1,600 years.
Sydney – Figure of 8 Pools
This natural ocean side rock pool has been perfectly carved by the waves into a figure of 8. Its shallow size is better suited to anyone looking for more of a cooling dip than a swim but its spectacular location by the ocean more than makes up for its diminutive size. Just be sure to watch out for any big waves and slippery algae around the pool. The Figure of 8 Pools are easy to reach from Sydney and the easiest way is with a group tour from town that will guide you to and from the pools safely.