12 great places to cool off in Australia this summer
#1 Aqua Park Coolum (Sunshine Coast)
The Aqua Park Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is quite possibly the most fun way to cool off on the Coast this summer. The new Aqua Park has an array of water-based slides, trampolines, climbing walls, and balance beams to traverse. It’s literally a maze of fun on water.
#2 Wet’n’Wild (Gold Coast)
The ultimate Gold Coast theme park, Wet’n’Wild boasts some of Australia’s biggest waterslides. If your idea of cooling off this summer involves heart-stoppingly-high waterslides, squeal-inducing rides, and non-stop smiles then you need to head here.
#3 Ocean pool – Mahon Pool (Sydney)
Sydney is home to some fantastic ocean pools where you can take a salty dip sans waves. Mahon rock pool, located north of Maroubra Beach, is one of the best in the bunch. With a picturesque setting amidst the rocky shoreline, it’s the perfect place for a quick dip or a few laps in a truly beautiful natural setting.
#4 Kondalilla Falls (Sunshine Coast hinterland)
A stunning place for a dip, Kondalilla Falls in Kondalilla National Park offers a refreshing waterfall-fed swimming hole amidst verdant forest surrounds. The hike along Picnic Creek circuit to reach the falls is equally as beautiful, and will likely make your rainforest-swim all the more refreshing.
#5 Twin Falls (Gold Coast hinterland)
If you’re looking for a dramatically beautiful place to cool off, Twin Falls in Springbrook National Park is the place for you. Two stunning waterfalls – hence the name – cascade off a rugged cliff face, feeding into a sizable waterhole. The surrounding rainforest, which you’ll hike through to get to the falls, is teeming with bird life, which adds to the purity of a dip amongst nature.
#6 Lake McKenzie (Fraser Island)
This crystal clear freshwater lake is the gem of Fraser Island. Lake McKenzie sits pretty like a turquoise gem in the island’s interior. It is an incredible natural wonder to see and experience. And floating in the cerulean waters of this picture-perfect lake is pure heaven.
#7 Fairy Pools in Noosa National Park (Sunshine Coast)
The Fairy Pools in Noosa National Park are utopia in, well, utopia. If Noosa National Park and its stunning bays aren’t enough, delve further into the park towards Granite Bay where the adoringly-named Fairy Pools sit pretty on the coastline. A rock pool dip with a view in the middle of a gorgeous national park, what’s not to love?
#8 Hit the beach – any beach! (Australia-wide)
Australia’s beaches are some of the best in world. Need we say more? Some of the best of the bunch for a dip include Cable Beach in Broome, Bondi Beach in Sydney, Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast, virtually any beach in Byron Bay, Cottesloe Beach near Perth, and Bells Beach in Victoria.
#9 Green Island (Cairns)
Green Island is the perfect day trip from Cairns for an island-style dip to cool off. The island is a coral cay so why not float face down (with snorkel and mask of course!) and marvel at the reef and fish while you cool off in paradise?
#10 Rottnest Island (Perth)
Home of the adorable Quokka, Rottnest Island is as gorgeous as they come. The verdant island is rimmed by crystal clear waters, beyond- beautiful beaches with bone-white sand, and glistening bays perfect for swimming and/or boating (why not combine the two?!).
#11 Litchfield National Park (Northern Territory)
The waterfalls and rock pools that are spread throughout Litchfield National Park are not only beautiful, they’re refreshing too! And they’re one of the best ways to cool off in picturesque natural surrounds in the NT without the worry of crocs nibbling at your toes… Wangi, Florence Falls, and Buley Rockhole are just some of the beauties where you can take a dip.
#12 Southbank (Brisbane)
Southbank is unofficially the best place to swim in the city of Brisbane. Ask any city-based kid – or big kid – and they’ll tell you Southbank is where it’s at for cooling off in the city. You can choose from the Aquativity (best for kiddies), Boat Pool (best for big kiddies), or Streets Beach (<– our pick for all ages). Streets Beach has real sand and a lovely lagoon for a dip. It’s like a beach escape in the city.