There are plenty of awesome swimming holes around Brisbane. Trouble is, everyone else thinks they’re pretty great too. I’m not a huge fan of sharing, so finding spots that are free from other humans is always a huge win. If you’re in the same boat, the Northbrook Gorges are for you (but shhhhh, it’s a secret).
HOW TO GET THERE
You’ll find the Northbrook Gorges in the D’Aguilar National Park, about an hour north west of Brisbane. The track to the creek is not marked or maintained by the national park service. Don’t let that put you off though! There is a “unofficial” car park about 2.5km past the Lake Wivenhoe lookout. You’ll see it just before a hairpin turn on the right hand side. From there, cross the road and jump over the barriers between the arrow signs. This is the start of the trail…
The track descends steeply down to the river for about 15 minutes. When you get to the water, turn LEFT. Take note of the small pile of rocks which marks the path back to the car park. From there, follow the creek upstream about 3km to the Northbrook Gorges. You’ll need to rock hop up the creek in parts, but it’s all part of the fun. After about an hour you’ll find the incredible swimming holes. They’re set deep in the gorge and surrounded by beautiful rock formations.
If you can, climb the small waterfall at the far the end of second big swimming hole. There are some BEAUTIFUL views just around the corner. (Tip – the easiest way to climb the waterfall is up the right hand side. Take care – it’s slippery!).
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT
You WILL need to swim to get to the best part of the gorges, so take a dry bag for your belongings (phone, car keys etc). Wear clothing and shoes that you are prepared to get wet. Make sure you check yourself for leeches along the way.