6 Of The Best Rock Pools For Kids Around Brisbane
- All Ages
By: Carolyn Tate, ellaslist
Nov 30, 2018
We’re so lucky in Brisbane to live so close to some amazing world-class beaches. Travel north or south from here and we’re swimming in stunning blue-green waters, lazing on fine white sand, and enjoying sunshine most days of the year.
But sometimes you want a different vibe. Sometimes you want something shady, leafy and quiet. Rockpools provide a wonderful scenic change from the beaches and they’re often accompanied by some stunning bushwalks and a wide variety of wildlife. And when it’s too hot to go to the beach, swimming in the shade of trees and rocky outcrops can be a welcome relief.
Here are our favourite rockpools that are just a stone’s throw from Brisbane.
Bunya Riverside Reserve
Also known as Bunya Crossing, this deep waterhole on the South Pine River is wonderful for swimming, kayaking and fishing. It’s a popular spot with families (and dogs!), with a nice flat walking and cycling track, and rock pools near the boardwalk where you might spot some fun wildlife, including turtles, ducks and fish.
There is a gas barbecue, toilets and several picnic tables, making this a great place to stop for lunch. Gates close at sunset.
Where: 88 Duganden Road, Bunay. Follow the signs from Bunya Road, along Dugandan Road, down to the carpark next to Bunya Riverside waterhole.
Currumbin Rock Pools
There is a delightful secret swimming hole just 15 minutes’ drive from Currumbin Beach that not many non-locals know about (pictured, top). Shhhhhh! There are plenty of shallow spots for toddlers to splash around, but also ropes for bigger kids (and adults) to swing off. There is a barbecue and some beautiful grassy spots for a picnic, and there are toilets too so all very civilised.
And if that’s not enough for you, pop across the road to Currumbin Community Farm Campus and grab yourself a coffee, snack or ice cream. Yesssss!
Where: Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley
Cedar Creek Rock Pools
This is such a great spot for little kids, with plenty of spots to choose from where you can paddle around in the water or stop for a picnic. Andy Williams Park has picnic tables and free barbecues overlooking the creek, as well as toilets (parents rejoice!). There are plenty of miniature waterfalls, and if you’re very lucky you might see a platypus or an eel.
Where: Andy Williams Park, Cedar Creek Road, Samford Valley
Rocky Hole is a series of stunning rock pools at Mt Mee in the D’Aguilar National Park – perfect for a swim on a hot summer’s day. Entry is via an unsealed road which should be fine in a regular car as long as it hasn’t been raining. The pools are mostly shallow, and they can get pretty busy in the summer months. If you follow the stairs and path a bit further along, it generally gets a bit quieter so it’s worth a bit of extra walking.
Where: Neurum Creek Road, Mt Mee
Kondalilla is a local Aboriginal word meaning “rushing waters”, and that’s what you’ll find here during the wet season (summer). The area is home to myriad wildlife including wallabies, platypus, goannas, bush turkeys, frogs and loads of bird species. Choose from a variety of walks, but even the shortest choice, Picnic Creek Circuit (1.7km), will take you to some rockpools at the top of the falls. Be warned, the longer Kondalilla Falls Circuit (4.7km) will also take you to some stunning rockpools but there are A LOT of stairs.
Where: Kondalilla Falls Road, between Montville and Mapleton
Cedar Creek Falls
The rock pools at Cedar Creek Falls are one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions – especially in summer when the mountain is known to be a few degrees cooler than it is down on the plains. Here you’ll find an open canyon, waterfall and rock pools to explore and swim in. Follow a bitumen track (suitable for prams) from the carpark to lookout over the gorge, and then follow it down through eucalypt forest to three rock pools. The water is generally pretty – ah, let’s say “refreshing”. (Don’t confuse this with Cedar Creek Rock Pools – same name, totally different place.)
Where: Cedar Creek Falls Road (off Tamborine Mountain Road), Mt Tamborine
Love swimming and exploring outdoors? Check out:
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