GOLD COAST SWIMMING HOLES ONLY THE LOCALS KNOW ABOUT
The Gold Coast holds an abundance of beautiful places. Majority of us have explored the coastline, but how many of you have ventured out to the hinterland. Lush green rainforests bursting with waterfalls, freshwater swimming holes and creeks.
One thing to remember is that the creeks and the water holes can vary from year to year and from rainfall to rainfall. The best time to visit and swim is after high rainfall. But give yourself a few days before rushing off as the creeks get quite brown.
Elabana Falls would be the furthermost of the five swimming holes, but probably the most spectacular.
None at the swimming hole, but a restaurant, coffee shop, parking and toilets are all located at O’Reilleys.
Listed as a class 4, but a pretty easy trail as long as you are in good health
Elabana Falls Track branches off the Main Border Track 1.7 km from the entrance at O’reillys. Turn right at the Box Forest turn-off and follow the sign to Picnic Rock. At ‘picnic rock‘ cross the creek and follow the path and signs for another 400m to Elabana Falls. Once you reach the water, you’ll need to climb over the boulders/rocks to get to the other side so that you can climb a little further and reach the actual waterfall and swimming hole.
Springbrook National Park, Forest Park
This place has all the facilities and is only a 100m walk from the carpark. The freshwater creek and the waterhole are everchanging and what they look like depends on the Gold Coast’s rainfall.
Wood barbecues, picnic tables, a shelter shed, and toilets.