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Swimming

Nemo’s BFF Dory said it best when she said “just keep swimming, just keep swimming!”

Queenslanders have big love for all things water, and swimming is no exception.  With deep blue beaches that go on for days stretching along the entire Queensland coastline, you can easily find yourself drawn to the waves for a cooling dip or an exhilarating ocean swim. 

If family friendly is more your style, it’s easy to find a freshwater river or lake, public swimming pool or man-made lagoon to keep cool. The kids will be splashing and wading in no time!

For the thrill seekers, keep your adrenalin pumping and race your kids (or yourself) to the top of some of our action-packed water parks on the Gold Coast. Or, if you just need some relaxing “me” time, grab a bestseller and your sunnies and lounge at one of the dozens of world-class resort pools that Queensland has to offer. 

 

Here’s our pick of sweet water spots to keep you swimming


  • South Bank
    South Bank

    South Bank

    Where Brisbane comes to celebrate art, fashion, music and their unique outdoor lifestyle. The graceful parklands are where families, friends and couples come to reconnect, to gather for barbecues or picnics by the river, or to swim in Australia's only inner city beach.

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  • Lake McKenzie
    Lake McKenzie

    Lake McKenzie

    There are many different aspects to Fraser Island, but the awe-inspiring beauty of Lake McKenzie makes it probably the most visited natural site on the island.

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  • Cairns
    Cairns

    Cairns

    As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest, Cairns pulses with energy.

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  • WhiteWater World
    WhiteWater World

    WhiteWater World

    Brought to you by Dreamworld, WhiteWater World is no ordinary water park - it's a water ride park. From the most extreme waterslides on the planet to family friendly attractions, WhiteWater World uses cutting edge technology to deliver water-powered thrills for all ages! Paying homage to Australian

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  • Gladstone Aquatic Centre
    Gladstone Aquatic Centre

    Gladstone Aquatic Centre

    The Gladstone Aquatic Centre is a public swimming facility located in the heart of the Gladstone City.

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  • Somerset Dam
    Somerset Dam

    Somerset Dam

    For lovers of water sports, Somerset Dam is the place to make a splash. Approximately one hour from Brisbane in Kilcoy Shire, and neatly cradled and protected by a ring of surrounding hills, conditions here are perfect for water skiing, wake-boarding, sailing and fishing.

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  • Logan North Aquatic and F
    Logan North Aquatic and Fitness Centre

    Logan North Aquatic and Fitness Centre

    Feel like a swim? Challenge yourself in Logan's only 50 metre Olympic pool. If you're looking for a more relaxing experience, there's always the heated 23 metre fitness pool, or the 25 metre learn-to-swim pool.

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  • Murray Falls, Girramay Na
    Murray Falls, Girramay National Park

    Murray Falls, Girramay National Park

    Murray Falls, within Girramay National Park, is one of north Queensland's prettiest waterfalls, with large volumes of water racing over naturally sculpted granite boulders.

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  • Wet 'n' Wild Water World
    Wet 'n' Wild Water World

    Wet 'n' Wild Water World

    For splashtacular fun you can't go past Wet 'n' Wild Water World, Australia's biggest and best water theme park.

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  • Kinchant Dam
    Kinchant Dam

    Kinchant Dam

    Kinchant Dam is located in the picturesque Pioneer Valley and is 41 kilometres west of Mackay. The Dam was built on Sandy Creek to provide irrigation and town water in 1977, it holds 62 800 mega litres of water at an average depth of 6.

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  • Kings Beach - Beachfront
    Kings Beach - Beachfront Salt Water Pool

    Kings Beach - Beachfront Salt Water Pool

    Caloundra's AUD4 million tidal swimming pool on the stunning Kings Beach foreshore is equipped with shade sails, and has a free 25-metre sea-water lap pool, children's swimming pool and wading area with disabled access.

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  • Jardine River National Pa
    Jardine River National Park and Heathlands Resources Reserve

    Jardine River National Park and Heathlands Resources Reserve

    In this vast, remote wilderness near the tip of Cape York Peninsula, the sandstone landscape is dominated by the mighty Jardine River and its many streams and swamps, and is rich in Aboriginal and European cultural heritage.

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  • Charleville Swimming Pool
    Charleville Swimming Pool

    Charleville Swimming Pool

    Enjoy a refreshing swim in the Murweh Shire Council public pool. Surrounded by lush green grass and barbecue tables, this is your opportunity to let the kids burn off some energy, while you sit back and relax.

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  • Currumbin Valley
    Currumbin Valley

    Currumbin Valley

    Heading into the Currumbin Valley is a little like entering an Aladdin's Cave of adventure. From the coastline, head southwest into another world along Currumbin Creek Road which leads to Tomewin Mountain Road winding up to Tomewin Mountain.

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  • Eli Creek
    Eli Creek

    Eli Creek

    Eli Creek, the largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Island, pours up to four million litres of clear, fresh water into the ocean every hour.

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  • Coomba Falls
    Coomba Falls

    Coomba Falls

    Coomba Falls, at Maidenwell, is an exceptionally ravishing place, featuring a deep natural swimming hole and striking granite cliffs.

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  • Airlie Beach Lagoon
    Airlie Beach Lagoon

    Airlie Beach Lagoon

    The Airlie Beach Lagoon is situated right in the centre of Airlie Beach and has become the focal point of the area.

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  • Bluewater Lagoon
    Bluewater Lagoon

    Bluewater Lagoon

    Enjoy the tropical weather at the free three-tiered lagoon providing fun for the whole family at Bluewater Lagoon! Located overlooking the picturesque Pioneer River in the heart of Mackay's City Centre, the facility covers an area equivalent to three 50 metre swimming pools providing a safe year ro

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  • Aquativity
    Aquativity

    Aquativity

    Aquativity is a fun, interactive water-play park right in the heart of Brisbane's South Bank. It is especially designed to encourage families and children to come together and enjoy the outdoors.

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  • Finch Hatton Gorge
    Finch Hatton Gorge

    Finch Hatton Gorge

    Finch Hatton Gorge is located within the Eungella National Park and is a spectacular piece of tropical rainforest, interspersed by pristine rock pools and waterfalls.

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  • Emerald Creek, Dinden Wes
    Emerald Creek, Dinden West Forest Reserve

    Emerald Creek, Dinden West Forest Reserve

    Emerald Creek rushes out of the rainforest-clad heights of the Lamb Range and down into open eucalypt woodland.

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