If you live on Brisbane’s northside you are no more than 20-30 minutes from a cracking waterfall and water hole, that will wash away that humidity sweat.
Located near Samford, Cedar creek falls is an awesome spot to enjoy some swimming, or even take a picnic and make a day out of it. Also, it’s 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.
CEDAR CREEK FALLS
This is a very popular spot in Brisbane for anyone and everyone. People swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and picnicking at this spot. However, if you feel there is nothing worse than crowds or you just want to enjoy a peaceful swim, my recommendation will take you to a secluded and quieter spot on this Reservoir. . There is also a track that goes around the whole reservoir, which people walk and run on
bunya crossing reserve
This spot seems to be a bit of local secret, which made it really enjoyable to swim at. Families to teenage friend groups were enjoying lying next to the waterhole, swimming in it and flying off the rope swing. Not only people were enjoying the water but so were dogs and a horse.
GOLD CREEK RESERVE
BRISBANE WILD SWIMMING
I’ve been to this waterhole (also known as Brookfield Reservoir) a few times before and it’s only been me and my friends swimming, with no one else around. I love swimming here, being surrounded by bush-land and feeling like you are in a remote area, yet the city is only 30 minutes away. There is also a track that goes around the reservoir you can walk, but isn't clearly marked.
there is a tower you can use to jump from different levels. There is also a rope swing to one side. Just a warning to be careful when jumping off the Tower and to make sure there is enough water/depth before jumping.
ONE STEEP SECTION
GO OVER ROAD BARRIER, DOWNHILL FOLLOW UPSTREAM
This is such a beautiful waterhole to cool down in. Not very well known, you could blink and miss the path. So instead of talking too much about how amazing it is I thought some detailed instructions would be better. You turn right into this gravel area as you come down Mt Glorious (exact location link in the info above). From there you walk down the sloping road for 100m, 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 will hit the creek bed. From there go up stream for about 20-30 mins.
Along the way you will need to wade through some of the creek, so I recommend having a dry bag for your belongings if you don’t want them to get wet. 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 days in Brisbane.