Conondale National Park
A pristine rock pool perfect for swimming or a picnic as a day trip, but also located within a camping area if wishing to make for a relaxing weekend getaway.
This highly trafficked spot is located at the Booloumba Creek Camping Area #3.
It is a short and easy walk from the car park to the rock pools, which are surrounded by lush subtropical rainforest.
The pools are mostly shallow, with a few deeper sections, and feature crystal clear water and pebbled bottoms.
There are a few exposed rocks in the pools which provide a perfect place to sit and relax, while one side of the shoreline is a pebbled beach.
There is a small rope swing that is only suitable for children given the shallow depth of the water.
Given the shallowness of the creek, it is also possible to explore upstream and downstream of the pools.
Track: Graded and very short, the track to the pools is easy to follow.
Difficulty: The track is short and relatively flat and is suitable for all fitness levels. Care should be taken after heavy rain as the creek may become flooded.
Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.
The trail starts from the bottom of the Booloumba Creek Camping Area (#3) off of Booloumba Creek Road in Kenilworth, 2 hours drive north-west of Brisbane.
A 4WD or high clearance vehicle is recommended for getting to this location as there are two creek crossings required.
Alternatively, you can park at the entrance to the national park and walk in (adding an extra 2 kms return).
The car park is shared with the camping area and can fill up quickly on weekends and during the warmer months.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round and is busiest during the warmer months.
If visiting after recent rain, be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures.
Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure.
I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.