As a holiday destination, the Sunshine Coast offers much more than just beautiful beaches. The hinterland is home to many hidden gems for a dip too. Immerse yourself in the region’s natural beauty with the best swimming holes on the Sunshine Coast.

Artists Cascades

Located upstream from Booloumba Falls, Artists Cascades is another hidden gem , located in Canondale National Park. Access to the start of the 10km hike requires a 4WD, but the journey is well worth it.

This swimming hole is part of the Conondale Great Walk, and the hike takes approximately five hours round trip. To beat the summer heat, it’s best to start early and take a refreshing dip in the clean and clear water before returning on the hike. Pack a picnic and spend the day exploring before taking a dip in the cool, refreshing water.

Kondalilla Falls

Kondalilla Falls, located in the heart of Kondalilla Falls National Park near Montville, is a must-visit destination for swimming enthusiasts. This stunning swimming hole, situated at the top of a 90-meter waterfall, offers a picturesque setting and safe swimming conditions. Visitors can even swim up to and under the small waterfall, taking in the breathtaking views as they do so.

Summer is the ideal time to visit, as you can cool off after a 20-minute hike from the parking lot. For a more strenuous experience, take the 4.6km circuit by hiking to the bottom of the falls and back up. Note that the water can be quite chilly during the winter months.

Harrys Hut

Harry’s Hut, located in the Noosa Everglades, is a unique swimming spot. It is one of the few places along this waterway that can be accessed by car. Though it may be a shared swimming spot, it is frequented by those who are familiar with the area. To reach Harry’s Hut, one can take a 4-wheel drive, kayak, or canoe. Once there, take a plunge off the wharf and enjoy the beautiful waters.

Gheerulla Falls

Located just a 2.7km round trip hike from Mapleton, Gheerulla Falls offers a picturesque swimming hole at the base of the falls, which is also part of the Sunshine Coast Great Walk. To fully enjoy the swimming hole, it is best to visit after a substantial amount of rain.

For those looking for a longer hike, the Mapleton Falls to Gheerulla Falls walk is a 16km round trip journey between the two falls. Although swimming is not permitted at Mapleton Falls, the hike provides access to three stunning lookouts.

Gardener Falls

Gardener Falls is a popular swimming spot among locals in the picturesque town of Maleny. This hidden gem is known for its stunning beauty and convenient accessibility. Only a short 300-meter walk from the parking lot, visitors can easily roll out of their car and into the refreshing waters of the Obi Obi Creek. Following the path to the end, you will discover the Gardners Falls swimming hole, complete with a rope swing for added enjoyment.

Serenity Falls

Serenity Falls, located in Buderim Forest Park, is a well-known swimming hole among locals on the Sunshine Coast. This sub-tropical paradise is just 2km from the village of Buderim and offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

A short 800m walk, with access points from Lindsay Road and Quorn Close, leads you to a magical bridge that overlooks the falls, providing a perfect spot for a photo opportunity. The spot is great for families and those looking for an alternative to the usual beach experience.

Mothar Mountain Rock Pools

Mothar Mountain, located in the Gympie region, is home to some of the most beautiful rock pools. Although technically it may not be considered part of the Noosa Hinterland, it is worth stretching the boundaries to include it in this list. The rock pools are accessible via the Noosa Trail Network, allowing visitors to explore the surrounding bushland before taking a refreshing dip in the cold pools. It is recommended to visit after a heavy rain, as the water flow is at its best during these times.

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