Swimming around Townsville and Cairns
Not far from Townsville there are a couple of popular swimming holes: Big Crystal Creek near Mutarnee, the icy Little Crystal Creek on the road to Paluma, and under the Rollingstone Bridge. Near Tully, you can cool off in the crystal clear rockpools at the base of the 30-metre-high Murray Falls.
Closer to Cairns, join the locals at a not-so-secret swimming hole, Crystal Cascades, in tropical rainforest about 10 kilometres from the suburb of Redlynch. There are picnic tables and barbecues. The swimming hole at Babinda Boulders near Mount Bartle Frere and Josephine Falls in Wooroonooran National Park are both good spots for a dip from April to October, but are not considered safe in the wet season or after heavy rain.