- Highlife Magazine - Back to Nature

No one will argue that we have had some very hot days during this summer here in the South East. If you are like me, I try and stay away from crowded places. I would rather travel some distance and find myself a secluded area to cool off and spend the day.

Well, you are in luck!  Not too far from Ipswich, you can have all this – a secluded area to spend the day, to cool off and to explore. Rocky Hole is located at Mt Mee, D’Aguilar National Park, approximately 90 minutes drive from Ipswich. A standard day trip to this National Park will see you having a picnic or BBQ at The Gantry. The area is perfect for families, as it offers ample space for everyone, with plenty of BBQ pits, tables and toilets. At this location, there is a shed used to house a massive crane which was used to hoist timber from the forest floor. It seized operation in 1981 after providing timber to some structures in Brisbane, like the Cathedral of St Stephen in Brisbane CBD.

After eating, drive the 8 kilometres on an unsealed road to Rocky Hole. Park your vehicle in the carpark and walk the 200 metres down a set of stairs to the swimming hole. There, freshen up in the cold water while enjoying a relaxing swim. Just be aware that jumping or diving from the rocks is not recommended due to the number of rocks in the area.

For wildlife fans, exploring the area will produce some very interesting finds. During my last visit, I was lucky enough to find one of Australia’s favourite animals, the Platypus. - Highlife Magazine - Back to Nature

This one was just a baby, but I was lucky enough to get within a few feet of it to snap a few shots. Whatever it is that you are after, you will find it here at Rocky Hole, D’Aguilar National Park, Mt Mee section. So, what are you waiting for?

Words and images by Jose Alonso