Towering ancient trees, lush delicate ferns, rich loamy ground – the Daintree has an otherworldliness that’s a feast for the senses. Under the canopy you might find a bowerbird nest tucked into an unsuspecting corner, or a crop of mushrooms clinging to a fallen branch. But the best surprises are the Daintree swimming holes. Dotted among the 1,200 square kilometres of Kuku Yalanji land that makes up the Daintree, these swimming holes come in all shapes and sizes. Let’s dip our toes into three awe-inspiring Daintree swimming holes worth wading into.
3 Daintree swimming holes you must visit
Mason’s Creek Swimming Hole – Cape Tribulation
Tucked into a private pocket of land at the back of Mason’s Café, it will cost you a small donation to jump into this Daintree swimming hole and it’s going to be the best small change you’ll spend on a hot day. These rainforest-fringed waters are some of the clearest around. Well protected by towering palm trees and tropical vines, there’s even a rope swing to try out. https://www.masonstours.com.au/cafe/
A short shuttle ride from Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre and you’re ready to start the next leg of your Daintree adventure. Earn your swim on the cruisy 2.5km Rainforest Circuit – stride across the Rex Creek suspension bridge, catch glimpses of the Manjal Dimbi peak through the trees, and take a tiny detour to the locals only “beach at Wurrmbu Creek”. Soon you’ll be back at the iconic granite boulders and clear running water of Mossman Gorge well and truly ready for a cool off. https://www.mossmangorge.com.au/
Cassowary Falls – Daintree Village
The name says it all. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot the majestic Southern Cassowary on a visit to these privately-owned falls. Just five minutes drive from Daintree Ecolodge, the falls are a playground for Tropical Far North Queensland’s famous colourful bird, along with frogs, turtles, lizards and even water dragons. You’ll need to take a guided walking tour, but the 90 minute, $59 tour is your ticket to one of the most majestic Daintree swimming holes. https://www.cassowaryfalls.com.au/