Is it safe to swim in Emmagen Creek?

Is it safe to swim in Emmagen Creek?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 12/27/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

Five kilometres from Cape Tribulation is Emmagen Creek, one of the most popular swimming holes in the Daintree.

Cape Tribulation is where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. Cape Tribulation is the perfect tropical destination for those who want to connect with nature again and explore the outdoors.

Only a short drive from Cape Tribulation you’ll reach Emmagen Creek, which is generally safe to swim in. It’s important to stay in the swimming hole as further downstream crocodiles are present.

The best time to swim at Emmagen Creek is in the dry season, between May to October. Surrounding the creek is the Daintree with tall trees and green shrubs. In the crystal clear waters, there are eroded rocks and sometimes freshwater turtles.

There is also a rope swing that is attached to a tree that you can use to jump into the water.

Are there other swimming holes in the Daintree?

Daintree provides different kinds of swimming holes from creeks to waterfalls with plunge pools. All these swimming holes are a great way to cool down and escape the humidity in North Queensland.

Mason’s Swimming Hole

Mason’s Swimming Hole is easy to get to! All you need to do is drive up to Mason’s Cafe, grab a bite to eat if you wish, and then go around the back to the swimming hole.

The waterhole has clear fresh water and a rope swing attached to a tree that you can swing on and splash into the water.

Cassowary Falls

Cassowary Falls is about a 25-minute drive from Cairns with a small fee to access the falls. From the closest parking spot near the falls, you will still need to walk five kilometres through the rainforest.

The tall waterfall flows down the cliff face and into a plunge pool. The surrounding area is lush, and the water is nice and cool.

Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge is the entrance into the Daintree Rainforest and has one of the nicest swimming holes in the Daintree. The swimming hole has large boulders and clear waters, making it very inviting to get into the water to cool down.

Aside from swimming holes in the Daintree Rainforest, there are plenty of other ways to explore the world’s oldest surviving rainforest. You can hire a car and see the rainforest for yourself or book a one-day tour and see the rainforest, Cape Tribulation, and Mossman Gorge.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.