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Places to Swim Outside in Brisbane

by Sally Foster (follow)
As the weather heats up, cool down in these great spots

Summer is almost on us and as the weather heats up, so does our desire to swim in the great outdoors! While both the Gold and Sunshine coasts play host to amazing beaches, there are some great places to swim closer to home.

Check these ones out, and if you have anymore to add, let us know!

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Bongaree Beach, Bribie Island

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Great for families with toddler aged children with gentle waters, shallow areas and lots of areas for play. Kids can play in the many parks, or play in the white sand.

Bunya Crossing Reserve Swimming Hole

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A natural swimming hole located in the Bunyaville State Forest Park in Brisbane's northside, it is great for families. There is shallow areas for younger kids, muddy banks for digging and deeper water for the older kids to have a proper swim.

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Margate Beach, Redcliffe



A great beach for younger kids as it is very gentle waves and lots of sand for making sand castles. Red Dolphin Seafood also sells excellent fish and chips, so you can pack a picnic rug and make a day of it. There is also a boardwalk along the waterfront for riding scooters and bikes.

Scarborough Beach, Scarborough

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You would think you are at a holiday resort when it is in fact the closest, sandy and safe swimming beach to the Brisbane city. You can swim at the beach and also have a play in Pirate Playground, which is a fully enclosed playground that has so many wonderful areas for imagination play. There is also a jumping pillow!

Enogerra Reservoir, The Gap

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Located in D’Aguilar National Park’s Walkabout Creek, Enoggerra Reservoir is a beautiful swimming hole where you can spend a lazy day floating on the water. You can paddle, swim and also look for wildlife. The area is home to lots of freshwater turtles.

Raby Bay

Raby Bay has a foreshore park which has three swimming coves with sandy beaches where you can go swimming, paddle boarding and have a picnic with your family. The water is calm and there are paths where you can walk your dog and bike, scooter or walk with your little ones.

These places are arguably some of the best manmade outdoor lagoons:

Orion Lagoon, Springfield
Settlement Cove, Redcliffe
Streets Beach, Southbank
Wynnum Wading Pool, Wynnum

Have we missed any other great outdoor swimming places in Brisbane? Please let us know in the comments, we would love to hear from you!




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