Where to swim around Maleny
How to find somewhere to swim
When guests first check in I give them a half hour on all the sights too see and show them a basic map to work from and a list of what I recommend.
In that talk I tell them the swim places around Maleny as being a swimmer myself all these have been used on a regular basis.
Gardener Falls is a short walk from the house. It requires a walk of about 8 minutes along the Maleny Trail and across the ancle deep creek (except in flood) to the carpark then along the ashfelt path to the falls and a deep swim hole.
It has a running creek (which can be used for young children) then it drops of a rock cliff to the water below held in a large water hole with a small (till swollen) waterfall in the middle. It has two swing ropes for swinging into the water..one high up the bank to the left and this is not for the faint hearted and another lower near the water. The rocks allow a scramble to the right hand side so one can enter the water without the heart stopping jump from the top. One has to jump far out to get the deep water from the top.
Baroon Pocket Dam
This can be reached by driving down North Maleny Road to the bottom which is 5 min to the bottom from the house in North Maleny. This dam has a swimming section with a foreshore so ideal for families with small children. It has BBQ and picnic facilities as well. Canoe, fishing and other water sports also happen on the dam. If you are a serious swimmer like me, a swim to the other side may mean passing of the flock of Pelicans. This is a refreshing swim and not as cold as Gardeners.
Maleny Swimming Pool
This is situated just at the end of the town on the left. It starts in September and has all the facilities a small country pool has.
Ewan Maddock Dam
To get to this large dam you need to drive to Landsborough then turn off after the causeway into the Moolloolah Valley and the entrance is just after the Sports fields on the left. This is ideal for small children and families as it has a swim enclosure plus a multi track for walks or mountain bikes or canoes etc on the water. It does not have any shops for miles but the nearest is the Petrol Station back on the High way so take a picnic. If you are a serious swimmer across to the reeds on other side and back is a refreshing decent swim.
Beerwah Swimming Pool
This is ideal for the lap swimmer and has all the facilities of a city pool as its bigger than all the country pools and has classes, coaching, swim lessons, shop etc
In 36 minutes one can get to the endless beaches of the Coast. The nearest is Bullock beach in Caloundra which is near the Bribie passage (it has a rip from the river movement in and out) but close to all the shops and all the food outlets one could want. Then happy Valley which has all the BBQ, picnic, children playgrounds etc and totally seat up for families. Then Kings Beach which has an ocean pool plus a great water park for kids and always has events on..some surfing can be done to the side. Then the beaches continue..Shelly, Moffatt headland beach (the best surf spot on the Coast)..food calorie as restaurant alley..then Currimundi Beach which has a Lake Inlet..the Lake side is popular with families. Then Wurtulla Beach..then its more and more as the stretch of the beach goes up the coast to the famous Mooloolaba beach (which is more and more like Surfers every day). On to Maroochydore Beaches and then Coolum..etc..So get wet this summer!!!