It's officially summer! Is Townsville's hot weather bringing you down? Need to find a way to cool off? I know the feeling. While we are blessed with an average of 320 sunny days each year (Melbourne only has 185 for contrast), sometimes the hot weather can be more of a curse than a blessing. Luckily, we are spoilt for choices with heaps of watering holes around North Queensland to explore, discover, and most importantly, cool off in. Wanderstories has put together the top natural swimming holes, hidden lagoons, rock pools and creeks to visit – we've got it all.
1. Top of Jourama Falls // Paluma Range National Park
The hike itself only takes about an hour (one-way) but it's a true beauty. Swim in the large swimming holes, jump off the top of waterfalls, and take in the view.
2. Big Crystal Falls // Paluma Range National Park
Crystal Falls is Paluma's hidden secret. Still most locals are unaware of this natural wonder. There's a large swimming hole just upstream or you can have a dip at the top of the falls.
3. Lower & Upper Gorge Falls, and Loop Falls, Mt Halifax // Paluma Range National Park
It's a short walk in on the The Halifax Track to Gorge Falls and Loop Falls. This creek has running water all year round, a perfect place to relax in the rainforest.
4. Top of Alligator Creek Falls // Bowling Green Bay National Park
Most people have been to Alligator Creek Falls, but unfortunately only a handful climb up the falls. What awaits are your choosing of infinity pools with a stunning view.
5. Little Crystal Creek Falls // Paluma Range National Park
Little Crystal Creek, a true gem! Now I know what you're thinking, "Everyone's been to Little Crystal Creek." However, I'm not talking about the bridge, or even 'Devil's Leap' for that matter. I'm talking about the last waterfall on the range, the best kept secret of North Queensland! Probably because not many people know of it because it's a little harder to get to...
6. The Rock Slides // Bowling Green Bay National Park
These rock slides are a great place to hang out with your mates. Slides down the slopes and enjoy the refreshing pools. Access to this area of the national park is via Palm Creek Eco Park and entry fees apply.
7. Puzzle Creek and Running River // Hidden Valley
Again, access is difficult but can be negotiated.
8. Double Creek Falls // Bowling Green Bay National Park
Once open to the public, this place has now been forgotten. Access is difficult due to the private properties that border it. These swimming holes and waterfalls are a nice change the the norm, if you're up for a little adventure.
9. Palm Tree Creek // Hervey Range
A locals secret. Four wheel drive access to a small secluded swimming hole after some rain.