Don’t have the whole day but are dying for a dip? Explorer Jacquie’s, got you covered with these four Brisbane swimming holes that are super close to the city (some are even dog friendly!).

I absolutely love wild swimming. Finding those secluded waterholes or waterfalls to wash off the sweat started back in my uni days. It became my mission to discover as many as I could to take a fresh swim. These are four of my favourites that are just a short drive from Brisbane.

All wild places deserve respect. Remember to practice the principles of leave no trace and bring a rubbish bag to hike it out.

1. Cedar Creek Falls

Time from Brisbane: 45 mins
Distance: 500m
Hot tip: Dog friendly

If you live on Brisbane’s north side you’re no more than 20-30 minutes from a cracking waterfall and swimming hole that’ll wash away the gross humidity sweat.

Located near Samford, Cedar Creek Falls is an awesome Brisbane waterfall and picnic spot. It’s also a great spot to take your furry friend. As soon as you park the car you walk down to the creek and rock-hop all the way upstream to the waterfall. It takes about 20 minutes, depending on your speed and how often you stop.

There are waterholes big enough to swim in the whole way up. But keep going till you reach the monster fall. There’s a sign with Cedar Creek spray painted on it, so you can’t miss it.


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2. Enoggera Reservoir

Time from Brisbane: 20 mins
Distance: 200m


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This is probably the most popular spot on our list of Brisbane swimming holes as it’s suitable for anyone and everyone. There are plenty of people swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and picnicking at this spot. However, if you’re not a fan of crowds or just want to enjoy a peaceful swim, check out the map below to find a secluded and quieter spot on this reservoir.


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3. Bunya Crossing Reserve

Time from Brisbane: 20 mins
Distance: Carpark located at waterhole
Hot tip: All-animal friendly



This spot seems to be a bit of local secret, which made for a really enjoyable swim. Families to teenage friend groups were enjoying lying next to the waterhole, swimming in it and flying off the rope swing. Not only were people enjoying the water but so were dogs and a horse.


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4. Northbrook Gorge

Time from Brisbane: 1 hour
Distance: 2km



This is such a beautiful waterhole to cool down in. It’s not very well known and you could blink and miss the path.

As you come down Mt Glorious, turn right into a gravel area (exact location on the map below). From there, walk down the sloping road for 100m and go over the metal barrier where you’ll come across a worn-in path. It’s a pretty steep decline for a couple of hundred meters, then you’ll hit the creek bed. From there go upstream for about 20-30 mins.

Along the way you’ll need to wade through some of the creek, so bring a dry bag for your stuff. There are a couple of beautiful waterholes along the way, but the best one is tucked in a gorge with a little waterfall flowing. This is a great location to get away from stinking hot day.


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More Brisbane Swimming Holes

Swimming holes that are easy to access from the CBD are great, but if you don’t mind venturing a little further check out our list of more adventurous Brisbane swimming holes here!