Brisbane’s Best Summer Swimming Holes

By Shannon Coward
21st Dec 2016

We know you’ve been working hard on that summer bod and are looking for the perfect place to show it off, so we took it upon ourselves to round up the best places to swim in Brisbane.

We’ve got everything from man-made lagoons with islets of palm trees to water-slides galore, and they’re all within the boundaries of our beloved city. Now all you have to do is pick up a cute new pair of togs that show off what you did all those squats for.

Enoggera Dam

The Gap

Enoggera Dam, in the middle of the Gap’s D’Aguilar National Park, is surrounded by lush green forest, allowing you to think you’re escaping to nature while only having to travel 30-ish kilometres north of Brisbane. This reservoir is heritage-listed, its construction dating way back to the 19th century, and remains one of Walkabout Creek’s leading attractions for a very good reason. If you’ve managed to pick up a comical floaty you’re dying to try out, this is the perfect spot, with the influx of people on summer weekends transforming this spot into a swimming paradise.

Wynnum Wading Pool And Waterpark


Another pool important to Brisbane’s history, Wynnum Wading Pool is the ideal location for a family day out. At high-tide this massive pool, complete with interactive spouting whales and a slide, fills with sea water so you can enjoy a day in the surf without having to worry rips or predators. There are also barbeques and picnic tables on hand for when you’re feeling peckish after your swim. Weekend plans are definitely sorted.

Settlement Cove Lagoon


Dreaming of lying by the pool in some exotic resort but can’t afford the pricy accommodation fees? Well, Settlement Cove Lagoon, situated at the base of Redcliffe’s cliffs, is a god-send. Designed to look just like a lagoon on a tropical island—complete with palm-tree islets that make you wish someone would put a fresh coconut in your hand—Settlement Cove Lagoon is encircled by shady palms and provides a perfect picnic spot as well as a nice place to have a shallow dip. It's waiting, friends.

Ithaca Swimming Pool


If you’re more a fan of the classic swimming pool experience, Ithaca Swimming Pool, in Paddington, is definitely the one for you. This 25 metre pool is heated to a swell 28 degrees, built for those colder months, and is completely salt water, so you don’t have to worry about having an allergic reaction to the litres of chlorine most pools pour in during the summer. We’d definitely call that one a win-win.

Streets Beach

South Bank

Good ol’ Streets Beach, probably the most iconic swimming hole in Brisbane. One of the many fine features of South Bank, this man-made beach is a big winner for locals on their way to or from work and tourists looking to dip their toe in the sand without leaving the big city. While this popular attraction gets crowded quickly, it’s definitely worth checking out —even if you do end up just laying out on the sand soaking up some rays. If all else fails, you can always hop on over to the pool-side pub for a nice cold beer.

Manly Pool

Manly, QLD

This pool is what the young-at-heart have been waiting for. Manly Pool—in Manly, Brisbane (no, not that other way-less-cool Manly)—is jam-packed with slides and activities for every member of the family. From fenced, shallow pools for those still learning to swim to a 25 metre covered pool with a massive water slide, Manly Pool has a feature to satisfy any swimmer, all handily located next to the Manly Marina foreshore. Even if you decide swimming’s not really your style, just head on over to the kiosk for a barista-made coffee to sip on while you lounge by the pool. It’s the epitome of summer fun. 

For even more outdoor activities, check out Brisbane's best secret walks and hikes!

Image Credit: Visit Moreton Bay Region

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