5 secret swimming holes near cairns

The Great Barrier Reef is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous, but it does drive a lot of tourists to Cairns. With the extreme weather (very hot & humid) we see in far north Queensland, you may need an escape from the heat and the crowds alike. Most people think of cooling off with trips out to the reef, but don't realize that Tropical Queensland has some pretty unique freshwater watering holes to dip in. Don't worry, I got you covered. Check out these 5 secret swimming holes near or just outside of Cairns! You can't visit here without doing some hiking in the gorgeous rainforests and diving into some freshwater pools -- crocodile & stinger free, of course!



Slightly north of Cairns (by an hour & 15) and Port Douglas (by 20 minutes), this is a pretty big tourist draw, as people come from around the world to visit the Great Barrier Reef nearby, but an amazing spot to check out nonetheless. You must take a short shuttle bus from the Tourist Centre to get to the trailheads & can find this natural freshwater swimming hole from there. You'll likely find other people swimming & relaxing here too.