The Best Swimming in Australia

Looking for the best swimming in Australia? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Australia. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top swimming spots in and near Australia

  • Wollongong, New South Wales

    Explore Wattamolla Picnic Area

    4.4
    When you’re looking for a quick and rewarding day trip that's not too far away, head to Wattamolla picnic area in Royal National Park. With loads of options to keep everyone happy, this is a popular place to base yourself while you’re exploring the park.Relax in the calm waters of the lagoon, unp...
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  • Bondi Beach, New South Wales

    Hike the Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

    4.3
    4.1 mi / 700 ft gain
    The Basics: Australia's pristine beaches and coastlines are probably its main tourism attraction, and one of the most famous beaches is Bondi Beach in Sydney. It is only 45 minutes by train from Sydney Intl. Airport, or 2-3 train stops from Downtown Sydney. From Central Station, take the T4 line ...
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  • Newnes Plateau, New South Wales

    Explore Deep Pass Canyon

    Hiking up Nayook Creek - Deep Pass Canyon, provides a unique opportunity within the Blue Mountains to escape the crowds and experience one of the many canyons that litter the range.The walk begins at the carpark of a small dirt road, which is accessed via turning off the popular Glowworm tunnel r...
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  • Buderim, Queensland

    Explore Serenity Falls, Buderim

    Perched atop Buderim Mountain (590ft), and among a 45 hectare secluded oasis, Buderim Forest and Serenity Falls are a short drive through the Sunshine Coast town of Buderim, along Quorn Close (approx 1km from Buderim village). From the car park, Serenity Falls are a short hike down hill along a r...
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  • Tintenbar, New South Wales

    Explore Killen Falls

    4.0
    In the rolling green hills 35 minutes southwest of Byron Bay is the sleepy town of Tintenbar, home to Killen Falls. At the end of Killen Falls Drive is a carpark and a walking track that leads past Emigrant Creek Dam to the base of a beautiful waterfall and a partial cave just waiting to be explo...
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  • Seal Rocks, New South Wales

    Camp and Surf in Seal Rocks

    5.0
    Just a three-hour, 280km drive north of Sydney is the sleepy town of Seal Rocks. Meandering round the tight bends to the end of the headland, you’ll find yourself a 10-minute walk from the picturesque lighthouse, which offers views up and down the deserted coastline.There is a small holiday park ...
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  • Repentance Creek, New South Wales

    Hike Minyon Falls Loop

    5.0
    5.1 mi
    Located within Nightcap National Park, Minyon Falls is approximately 30 minutes South-West of the sleepy, hippie town of Mullumbimby. Mullum has an eclectic market on the third Saturday of the month from 9am-2pm with which you could synch your hike.Minyon Falls itself flows over a 100m cliff befo...
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  • Coalcliff, New South Wales

    Explore & Swim at Coalcliff Rock Pools

    Play around in this lovely seawater pool or get your goggles on and do some laps in this scenic pool. Safe and fun for all swimmers, it's also the perfect place to cool off and admire the Sea Cliff Bridge from below. Walk south along the rock platform (make sure the tide isn't too high) to find s...
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  • Noosa North Shore Beach Campground, Queensland

    Weekend Getaway to Double Island Point

    Starting in Tewantin, a mere two hour drive north of Brisbane on the outskirts of Noosa, drive north on Moorindil St. onto a barge which takes you across the Noosa River, delivering you a short 2 miles from the beginning of your adventure! After driving off the barge follow Maximillian Road and a...
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  • William Bay, Western Australia

    Swim at Elephant Rocks Beach

    5.0
    Just about 15km west of Denmark, Australia is one of Western Australia’s coolest beaches.  Elephant Rocks is just about 200 yards east of the popular Greens Pool.  A short walk east from the main parking area will take you down a series of stairs that will lead you to the beach of Elephant Rocks....
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  • Yallingup, Western Australia

    Take a Dip in the Injidup Natural Spa

    Just a few minutes drive from the bustling little town of Yallingup, towards Margaret River along Caves Road, you'll find a road heading west (Wyadup Road). Following it right to the end there's a carpark with amazing views of the Indian Ocean. You'll probably bump into a few surfers trying to ca...
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  • Patonga, New South Wales

    Warrah Lookout

    Drink your morning coffee with incredible panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Hawkesbury River. Drive to Patonga and from the end of the beach follow the trailhead signs to Pearl Beach. A steep incline for the first 10-15 minutes of the walk will get the legs burning. Once it starts to plate...
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  • Rottnest Island, Western Australia

    Explore Rottnest Island

    5.0
    Rottnest Island is probably most famous for its adorable Quokka population, but the island also has lots more to explore outside the main settlement.  With well-marked walking and biking trails both on the beach, track and road, there of tons of places to see. With trails as long as 40km, you can...
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  • Lamb Range, Queensland

    Swim at Crystal Cascades Waterfall

    5.0
    0.7 mi / 60 ft gain
    Starting from the Crystal Cascades parking lot at the end of the Redlynch Intake Road follow the paved and well signed path up 1.2 KM to see the beautiful Crystal Cascades Waterfall. Along the path are plenty of spots for lunch and gorgeous opportunities for pictures. If its warm out (which it al...
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  • Esk, New South Wales

    Camp at Black Rocks Campground

    3.0
    This is a great place to explore - the beach is quite large and has some beautiful places to watch the waves or jump in. There are also lots of walks such as the 8km Jerusalem Creek Walk, which you can find instructions for in the link below:  http://www.nationalparks.nsw.g... Make sure to book a...
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  • Iguana Creek, Victoria

    Backpack Mitchell River

    5.0
    23.6 mi / 4986.9 ft gain
    The thing I loved the most about this hike is how isolated it was. It may have been the time of year, but in the spring I saw no one else on the trail for two days, though I did see snakes, monitors, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and many birds. Given it was springtime, the forest was full of wi...
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