Bellthorpe National Park
A short walk past a cascading stream to a beautiful swimming hole, with a grassy area to spread out, picnic tables and toilets.
This heavily trafficked location is located at the Stony Creek Day Use Area, at the end of Fletcher Road in Stony Creek.
The walk is flat, easy and wheelchair accessible, from the car park, past the toilets, alongside the cascading creek to a grassy area with steps into the swimming hole.
The swimming hole is surrounded by lush forest with some boulders on the far side of the creek.
For the more adventurous, further exploration is possible both upstream and downstream of the main swimming hole, with a number of additional pools offering a chance to escape the crowds on busier days.
Those with a 4WD or high-clearance vehicle can also drive to the nearby Old Brandon's Sawmill Site along Mountford Road.
Track: Graded and well-signed, the track is easy to follow. The track is flat and wheelchair accessible.
Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels. Care should be taken at the swimming hole, and if exploring the creek, following recent rain, as the rocks become slippery and the creek swollen.
Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.
The trail starts from the Stony Creek Day Use Area at the end of Fletcher Road in Stony Creek, 1.5 hours drive north-west of Brisbane.
The car park is relatively small and can fill up quickly on weekends and during the warmer months.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round.
The location is typically much more populated during warmer months.
If visiting the location 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.