Swimming Places Near Cairns, North Queensland, Australia
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1. Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
free, it’s fun and it’s right in the heart of the city. The 4800sqm
saltwater swimming pool on the Cairns foreshore is a perfect place to
chill out for a few hours.
2. Crystal Cascades
magnificent series of cool rock pools under tropical trees is tucked
away in the Cairns suburb of Redlynch. Crystal Cascades is a 20-minute
drive or about an hour’s bike ride from the city. From Cairns city,
head north on Sheridan St and follow the signs towards Redlynch (via
3. Lake Placid
A natural lake on the Barron
River just 15 minutes from the Cairns city, Lake Placid is popular for
picnicking, swimming and canoeing. There’s equipment for hire and a
restaurant and bar. Head north on the Captain Cook Highway, and turn
left at the Skyrail roundabout, then follow the signs.
4. Hit the beach
major beaches in the region are Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas,
Mission Beach, and Cairns’ northern beaches including Trinity Beach,
Palm Cove and Ellis Beach, which are all manned by lifeguards. Make
sure you only swim inside the stinger nets in the stinger season
(November to May) and read the latest warnings at the beach.
5. Mossman Gorge
of the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge is one of the region’s most
photographed natural attractions and is culturally significant for the
Kuku Yalanji people – and its cool water makes for a refreshing dip. To
get there from Cairns or Port Douglas, head north on the Captain Cook
Highway to Mossman (about an hour’s drive) then follow the signs to the
6. Lake Tinaroo
The region’s biggest lake, about
an hour from Cairns, is great for swimming as well as fishing, sailing,
waterskiing, canoeing and camping. From Cairns airport, drive north
along the Captain Cook Highway and follow the signs to Kuranda,
Mareeba, Atherton then Tinaroo. From the south side of Cairns, take the
Bruce Highway to Gordonvale then the Gillies Highway.
7. Lake Eacham
volcanic crater lake surrounded by dense rainforest, Lake Eacham is a
popular picnic and swimming spot about an hour’s drive from Cairns.
From Cairns, travel south on the Bruce Highway to Gordonvale, then turn
on to the Gillies Highway.
8. Malanda Falls
roadside stop on the Atherton Tableland, this pool at the base of
Malanda Falls makes for picturesque swimming. There’s a visitor centre
and rainforest walks alongside the falls, and you can continue on from
here to the popular waterfall circuit drive. It’s about an hour’s drive
from Cairns. Drive south on the Bruce Highway and turn on to the
Gillies Highway at Gordonvale. Turn off to Malanda near Lake Eacham.
The falls are just after the Malanda township.
9. Babinda Boulders
only a great picnic and swimming spot, the Boulders are steeped in
tradition and mystery. Local legend tells of a ghost that lures young
men to their deaths in the rocky pools. Steer clear of the danger zone
and stick to the safe swimming area for a fun, relaxing day. The
Boulders are about an hour from Cairns. Follow the Bruce Highway south
to Babinda, turn into the town, then follow the signs.
10. Josephine Falls
the foot of Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland’s tallest mountain, Josephine
Falls flows into a swimming hole, complete with natural water slide
down a smooth rock face between pools. It’s about an hour south of
Cairns via the Bruce Highway, and a short walk through rainforest to
reach the secluded falls.