Did you know that there’s a natural swimming hole some 25 minutes away from Brisbane CBD?  If you want to enjoy swimming for free in a spacious pool of water, without the chlorine, then drive to Bunya Crossing Reserve in Albany Creek and look for the Bunya Swimming Hole

This natural recreational spot has shallow waters perfect for children and pet dogs to play. At the deeper end, however, is a water level that’s ideal for swimming long strokes, kayaking and other water sports.

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When the water is too cold, however, there’s still plenty to do around the natural swimming hole. 

1. Enjoy a picnic.

Bunya Crossing Reserve has some long tables and a gas BBQ for picnics. There’s also a toilet facility and bins everywhere to clean up after you’re done. Celebrate a simple birthday party or just enjoy dining out with your favourite people amidst the trees and the soft sound of the animals living in the reserve.

2. Spot some wildlife.

This might just become your thing when you discover that the Bunya Crossing Reserve is home to interesting wildlife. Occasionally, you might find a wallaby in the area but there are lots of possums, bush turkeys and waterbirds, too. They’ll be minding their own thing but the ducks could appreciate some food. Just don’t share your bread cos that will make them too heavy to evade predators. 

3. Stroll around the reserve.

After a full meal, explore the reserve and discover more of nature’s beauty. From the Bunya Swimming Hole, you’ll be able to stroll around Richard Lee Reserve, Bunyaville Forest Reserve, and Wongan Creek.



Wear your most comfortable shoes and clothing when you visit Bunya Crossing Reserve. This isn’t a resort-quality swimming spot but that’s not actually a bad thing if you enjoy what nature has to offer.