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.

Lip Falls

Denham Scenic Reserve Park and Lip Falls are about a 50-minute drive out from the Gold Coast.

At Lip Falls you can find the beautiful freshwater swimming hole. Bring floaties and lunch and spend the whole day relaxing on the giant boulders that surround the waterhole.





Park along Doncaster Drive at Beechmont. Walk through to the end of Denham Scenic Reserve Park to find the entrance and the path that takes you to Lip Falls and two other waterfalls.

Elabana Falls

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.


Located on the right side on Murwillumbah-Nerang Road. Look for the Forest Picnic Area sign.

Long Tan Park


Long Tan Park, is located on a freshwater creek. A few fun rope swings have been hung along the creek, but for that Instagram moment, you must sit on one of my favourite swings;  the vine “love knot “. 


  • Table and chairs, no toilets


Currumbin Creek Rd & Bains Rd, Currumbin Valley QLD

Harley Smith Reserve

Located on a large grass field, with plenty of space to have a picnic,  play a game a football, or even have a fireplace.




Harley Smith Reserve, 1318 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Tallebudgera Valley