Brisbane is built along the banks of a winding river that stretches for 344 kilometres.

Despite all that water, the ‘Brown Snake’ is hardly an appetising swim spot.

Luckily the river city is surrounded by plenty of awesome natural water holes to help you cool off.

One of the closest to the CBD is the Enogerra Reservoir.

This family favourite is heritage listed and dates back to the 1860s.

There’s plenty of space for picnics, sunbathing and has great nearby walking tracks.

Whether you’ve got a Canoe, Kayak, stand up paddleboard, floaties, or just togs, the Enoggera Reservoir is a great spot for anyone of any age to enjoy a splash.

Further North is the Bunya Crossing Reserve, a calm swimming spot on the bend of the South Pine River.

It’s great for kayaking, canoeing, swimming and fishing.

Dogs are also welcome, but they must be on a lead.

Further afield, nestled in the bush just beyond Samford Village, are the rock pools of Cedar Creek.

If you’re looking for somewhere quiet to spend the afternoon with Bellbirds, Kookaburras, and Platypus, this is the place for you.

After decent rainfall, the creek swells, waterfalls grow and it becomes a freshwater paradise.

There you have it, three top-notch swimming holes, just a stones throw from Brisbane’s CBD.

So next time you’re feeling hot and bothered, grab a towel, jump in the car and head for some freshwater.

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