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How to visit one of Australia’s most ‘underrated’ natural swimming holes

A sparkling forest hideaway: How to visit one of Australia’s most ‘underrated’ natural swimming holes

  • Hidden away in a national park in Queensland awaits stunning swimming holes
  • The pristine clear water of Byfield National Park is ideal for a relaxing swim 
  • Set amongst the eucalyptus forest, Stony Creek is accessible by a short 1km walk
  • It’s described to be one of Australia’s most ‘underrated’ locations to visit  


Travellers are venturing to a national park in Queensland to dive into little-known sparkling rock pools surrounding by stunning greenery.

Hidden away in the Byfield National Park awaits the glistening natural pools of Upper Stoney Creek, a ‘pristine’ swimming location with a fantastic camping ground nearby. 

Set amongst the eucalyptus and pine forest, Stony Creek is accessible by a short 1km walk that’s fairly easy grade and suitable for kids.

The unbelievable watering hole is said to one of the most ‘underrated’ locations in the country.

Hidden away in the Byfield National Park awaits the glistening natural pools of Upper Stoney Creek, which is said to be a ‘pristine’ swimming location with a fantastic camping ground nearby

On Instagram travel blogger Hayley Andersen shared a sequence of incredible photographs of herself and her partner Kyle Hunter visiting to the lesser-known location (pictured)

On Instagram travel blogger Hayley Andersen shared a sequence of incredible photographs of herself and her partner Kyle Hunter visiting to the lesser-known location (pictured)

On Instagram travel blogger Hayley Andersen shared a sequence of incredible photographs of herself and her partner Kyle Hunter visiting to the lesser-known location.

‘It was cold but it was amaaazing! This swimming hole was nestled in the greenest National Park, Byfield National Park – a place a seriously underestimated!’ she captioned the social media post.

In one photo, Hayley, who goes by the name ‘Haylsa’ online, can be seen perched on a rock with the stunning clear blue water and trees in the background.

Followers were quick to rave about the scene, with many describing the natural swimming pools as ‘so beautiful’.

‘Such clear water!!’ one wrote, while others tagged friends and family members in the comments.

The unbelievable watering hole is said to one of the most 'underrated' locations in the country

The unbelievable watering hole is said to one of the most ‘underrated’ locations in the country

Set amongst the eucalyptus and pine forest, Stony Creek is accessible by a short 1km walk that's fairly easy grade and suitable for kids

Set amongst the eucalyptus and pine forest, Stony Creek is accessible by a short 1km walk that’s fairly easy grade and suitable for kids

Where to find the swimming pools of Upper Stony Byfield Creeks:

From Yeppoon take Yeppoon-Byfield Rd, at about 10km this becomes Farnborough Rd at the roundabout at Farnborough 

Continue straight about another 10km until you reach the t intersection take the right into Byfield Rd and follow about 12km till you see Stoney Creek turnoff on the left 

The turnoff is 5 mins past Mary Vale Flats, where you drive over 20 meters of cement floodway 

When you turn in, follow the dirt road for 10 mins out to the campsite and day area

Source: yeppooncapricorncoast.com.au 

It’s no wonder few know about the stunning swimming hole, because getting to the location may prove to be challenging for some.

Byfield Creeks can be accessed from Yeppoon via Yeppoon-Byfield Road, which later becomes Farnborough Road, according to tourist websites about the area.

Other neighbouring watering holes in the area include Waterpark and Hedlow Creek.

It's no wonder few know about the stunning swimming hole, because getting to the location may prove to be challenging for some

It’s no wonder few know about the stunning swimming hole, because getting to the location may prove to be challenging for some

Those who are keen hikers are in luck as the creeks are surrounded by countless walking tails.

Alternatively those wanting to stay longer can make use of the campsite and day areas.

The only area that is not recommended for swimming is Kelly’s landing, Farnborough and Corbett’s Landing, Byfield because the area inhabits estuarine crocodiles.



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