6 Of The Best Rock Pools For Kids Around Brisbane

  • All Ages

Sometimes it's nice to scoop up the family, escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and head off to somewhere secluded. 

And what better way to do that, than by surrounding yourself with stunning bushland, plenty of wildlife and crystal clear, swimmable rockpools. 

Lucky for us, Brisbane is within close proximity to plenty of beautiful rockpools, which provide the perfect location for privacy, seclusion and lots of fun.

Whether it's bushwalking, birdwatching, or rockpool bathing - these local spots provide a great escape for adults and kids of all ages.  

Bunya Riverside Reserve

Also known as Bunya Crossing, this deep waterhole on the South Pine River is wonderful for swimming, kayaking and fishing. It’s a popular spot with families (and dogs!), with a nice flat walking and cycling track, and rock pools near the boardwalk where you might spot some fun wildlife, including turtles, ducks and fish.

There is a gas barbecue, toilets and several picnic tables, making this a great place to stop for lunch. Gates close at sunset.

Where: 88 Duganden Road, Bunay. Follow the signs from Bunya Road, along Dugandan Road, down to the carpark next to Bunya Riverside waterhole.

Currumbin Rock Pools

There is a delightful secret swimming hole just 15 minutes’ drive from Currumbin Beach that not many non-locals know about (pictured, top). There are plenty of shallow spots for toddlers to splash around, but also ropes for bigger kids (and adults) to swing off. There is a barbecue and some beautiful grassy spots for a picnic, plus there are toilets too, so the kids will be well looked after. 

Where: Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley

Cedar Creek Rock Pools

This is such a great spot for little kids, with plenty of spots to choose from where you can paddle around in the water or stop for a picnic. Andy Williams Park has picnic tables and free barbecues overlooking the creek, as well as toilets. There are plenty of miniature waterfalls, and if you’re lucky you might just spot a platypus or an eel.

Where: Andy Williams Park, Cedar Creek Road, Samford Valley

Rocky Hole

Rocky Hole is a series of stunning rock pools at Mt Mee in the D’Aguilar National Park – perfect for a swim! Entry is via an unsealed road which should be fine in a regular car as long as it hasn’t been raining. The pools are mostly shallow, and for a bit of extra privacy, you can follow the stairs and path a bit further along, where you'll find it gets a bit quieter, so well worth a bit of extra walking.

Where: Neurum Creek Road, Mt Mee

Kondalilla Falls

Kondalilla is a local Aboriginal word meaning “rushing waters”. The area is home to myriad wildlife including wallabies, platypus, goannas, bush turkeys, frogs and loads of bird species, so keep your eyes peeled! Choose from a variety of walks, but even the shortest choice, Picnic Creek Circuit (1.7km), will take you to some rockpools at the top of the falls. Be warned, the longer Kondalilla Falls Circuit (4.7km) will also take you to some stunning rockpools but there are A LOT of stairs.

Where: Kondalilla Falls Road, between Montville and Mapleton

Cedar Creek Falls

The rock pools at Cedar Creek Falls are one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions. Here you’ll find an open canyon, waterfall and rock pools to explore and swim in. Follow a bitumen track (suitable for prams) from the carpark to lookout over the gorge, and then follow it down through eucalypt forest to three rock pools. The water is generally pretty chilly, so enter if you dare!

Where: Cedar Creek Falls Road (off Tamborine Mountain Road), Mt Tamborine

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