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Swimming spots to beat the heat

06 September, 2022

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Here in Australia, summer means swimming – and we have no shortage of places to do it. You no doubt have a favourite pool or go-to beach, but why not try somewhere new this spring? Here are five swimming spots worth checking out.


Echo Beach, Gold Coast

Nestled beside one of the Gold Coast’s favourite family swimming spots, you might know Echo Beach by the waterway it sits on: Tallebudgera Creek. This calm cove sits on the Burleigh Headland side of Tallebudgera Creek and is surrounded by national parkland. It’s a true pocket of paradise. Boasting scenery and serenity, the calm creek is a safe spot for little swimmers and an ideal destination for a family day out. The area offers everything from bushwalking to fishing, and even surfing just a few minutes’ walk away. Why not pack a stand-up paddleboard or kayak and enjoy an adventure upstream?


Edithburgh Tidal Pool, Yorke Peninsula

Adelaide has no shortage of beaches along its coastline, but if it’s a tidal pool you’re after, you’ll need to travel slightly further afield. The Edithburgh tidal pool is situated in – you guessed it – Edithburgh, on South Australia’s beautiful Yorke Peninsula. First built in the early 1900s, it has been a favourite spot for swimmers for decades thanks to its safety and beautiful outlook. It’s also relatively shallow making it ideal for young families, but the depth is subject to change based on the waves that pour over the edge. Such fun! And, with barbeque facilities, a picnic area and toilets all close by, it’s a great place to spend a family day out. Did we mention it’s free?


Wynnum Wading Pool, Brisbane

This hidden gem isn’t often listed among the top swimming spots in Brisbane, but it should be. Positioned on Brisbane’s calm coastline and boasting a jetty, wading pool and the beautiful Pandanus Beach, Wynnum is a well-kept secret. The water is relatively calm thanks to the protection of Stradbroke and Moreton Islands, so the beach itself is ideal for families. But it’s the heritage-listed Wynnum Wading Pool (which has been enjoyed by Brisbane locals and holidaymakers since 1933) that really stands out. The shallow oval-shaped pool provides a perfect spot to float in the sun, taking breaks to eat lunch at one of the nearby barbecue areas or roam the surrounding area.


Myora Springs, North Stradbroke Island

It’ll take a little extra effort to get to this one but Myora Springs on North Stradbroke Island is a hidden gem of a swimming hole in South-East Queensland. Not too far from where the barges and water taxis drop you at Dunwich, Myora Springs is tucked in on the left side of Dickson Way (which is the main road connecting Dunwich to the rest of the island). It’s a tidal swimming hole that is also fed by a natural spring, located under a cool forest-like canopy of trees. There’s so much for little adventurers to explore here! Since the government constructed walkways, viewing platforms and seating in recent years, Myora Springs is also now an easy-access and comfortable place to set up the family for a few fun-filled hours. Pram-friendly to boot!


Broadwater Parklands Rockpools, Gold Coast

Why splash cash to splash around at a water park when you can have plenty of free fun at The Rockpools at the Broadwater Parklands? Situated on the northern Gold Coast’s beautiful broadwater, the parklands offer plenty of fun activities for the whole family. There’s a great playground (complete with a bouncing pillow) and nearby cafes to keep mum and dad caffeinated, but it’s The Rockpools – an exciting sculptural water playground – that is perfect for summer. Suitable for children big and small, The Rockpools are dotted with marine-themed equipment ensuring your visit there will last hours. Splash in the water fountains or relax in the tidal rockpools – the world is your oyster.


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