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Stony Creek Falls Swimming Holes

Stony Creek Falls Swimming Holes

Stony Creek Falls (10-15 minutes from Cairns City Centre) This small creek tucked in amongst the suburb of Rainforest Estate provides a quick and easy escape from the hot steamy days of a Cairns summer. At the end of Stony Creek Road a gate signals the start of a path that takes you along the creek to an old weir....

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Lake Placid

Lake Placid

Located at the base of the Barron Gorge National Park just 20 mins drive North/west of the Cairns CBD Lake Placid is a large natural lake formed by the Barron River....

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Goldsborough Valley Swimming Holes

Goldsborough Valley Swimming Holes

Goldsborough Valley (30-45 minutes from Cairns City) Goldsborough Valley acts as a catchment area for the Mulgrave River as it tumbles off the side of Queensland's highest mountain, Mt Bartle Frere. Goldsborough Valley State Forest Park is a pleasant camping and picnic site that offers plenty of opportunities to dip in the Mulgrave River and explo......

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Behana Gorge Swimming Holes

Behana Gorge Swimming Holes

Behana gorge is one of Cairns' best kept secrets. Rarely visited by tourists, this is a local secret spot. It is probably less frequented than other water holes around Cairns as the walk to the top of the gorge (where the best pristine swimming spots are) is a long one. ...

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Josephine Falls Swimming Holes

Josephine Falls Swimming Holes

Josephine Falls (approx 1 1/2 hours from Cairns City) Experience a scenic walk through dense rainforest that takes you to the foot of a waterfall. Dominating the view is Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland's highest mountain....

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Crystal Cascades Swimming Holes

Crystal Cascades Swimming Holes

Crystal Cascades (15-20 minutes from Cairns City Centre) Perhaps the best known and most frequented freshwater creek near Cairns City. Crystal Cascades sits at the end of Freshwater Valley and provides an oasis of green rainforest, sparkling clear water and plenty of deep pools for swimming....

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The Boulders Swimming Holes

The Boulders Swimming Holes

The Boulders (approx 1 hour south of Cairns City) A dramatic mix of huge granite boulders, clear rushing water and plenty of good lookouts makes this creek a must see during the wet. Fortunately there is a large and deep swimming area next to the car park to stop the temptation of venturing near slippery rocks and fast water....

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Mossman Gorge Swimming Holes

Mossman Gorge Swimming Holes

Mossman Gorge (approx 1 1/2 hours from Cairns City) For a taste of the Daintree without having to go too far north try Mossman Gorge. Situated just out of the township of Mossman this area offers excellent swimming opportunities, picnic facilities and a selection of short walks through World Heritage Rainforest....

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