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Mason’s Swimming Hole in Cape Tribulation: Complete Guide

Mason’s Swimming Hole in Cape Tribulation: Complete Guide

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Mason’s Swimming Hole is a pristine freshwater swimming hole located within walking distance of Cape Tribulation’s main attractions.

Cape Tribulation is a place that truly lives up to the old Aussie adage that “everything here wants to bloody kill ya!”. This is especially true at the beach, where crocs and the occasional deadly marine stinger tend to lurk, awaiting the unexpecting, weary backpacker to make a false move.

Fortunately, there are certain spots where you can escape the heat and cool down. After exploring many creeks and swimming holes in Cape Tribulation, Mason’s Swimming Hole is still one of my favourites! In this blog post, I’ll showcase the safest blue water swimming hole in Cape Tribulation near Mason’s Cafe.

Where is Mason's Swimming Hole?

Mason's Swimming Hole is located at the back of Mason's Cafe. The swimming hole is on private land and owned by the same guys who run the cafe.

Thankfully for Cape Tribulation visitors, the kind cafe owners have opened the swimming hole to the public, with a small donation ($1) being the asking price.

You'll find the cafe and swimming spot on the left side of Cape Tribulation Road when heading north (opposite the beach). Realistically, it's fairly hard to miss, just head toward Myall Beach and you will see the signs just before you get there.

Map of mason's swimming hole in cape tribulation

Mason's Swimming Hole Entry Fee

As mentioned above, there is a small fee requested to enjoy the pristine swimming hole at Mason's Waterhole. However, it's only $1 per person, and you can swim and enjoy the serenity for as long as you'd like.

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Freshwater swimming hole in cape tribulation

Also Nearby: Mount Sorrow Hike


What to Expect at Mason's Swimming Hole

The waterhole is marked by a small entry point into the dense rainforest scrub. You will find this just a few hundred metres behind the cafe. As soon as you enter the rainforest, you'll see the clear water surrounded by mossy rocks and tropical vines.

If you take a look at the bank, you will notice plenty of native freshwater fish. These guys live in the rainforest waterhole, presumably also hiding from the crocs further downstream in the brackish waters.

Also, there's a rope swing attached to a tree on the other side of the bank similar to the one at Emmagen Creek (also nearby).

Cape tribulation swimming hole, mason's waterhole, daintree rainforest

The best place to swim is the deep section next to the exposed bank. However, we ventured up the creek and found some nice little swimming spots away from the crowds.

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Girl swimming at mason's swimming hole in cape tribulation

Where to Say at Cape Tribulation

Below I've included some tips on the best places to stay on your trip to Cape Tribulation. If you'd like more suggestions with photos, read my comprehensive accommodation guide to Cape Tribulation.

Wildwood cape tribulation accommodation

1. Wildwood Rainforest Cottages Luxury

Wildwood offers luxury rainforest cottages set on a rare exotic fruit orchard. Freely explore the 800+ trees on the property, picking & sampling any of the fruits in season

Daintree crocodylus cape tribulation accommodation

2. Daintree Crocodylus Hostel Budget

Located in Cow Bay, this hostel offers safari-tent style rooms that are built from wood and canvas, with high ceilings, fans and mosquito net.

Cape trib holiday house accommodation

3. Cape Tribulation Holiday House Family

The highest-rated holiday house in Cape Tribulation set on 5 acres of rainforest & includes a huge balcony, 2 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen!

Girl standing at mason's swimming hole in cape tribulation
Cape tribulation travel guide

The Ultimate Cape Tribulation Travel Resource

Looking for more Cape Trib travel guides & adventure inspiration? Below are my most comprehensive blog posts that will serve as a great free resource for your trip.

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I hope you enjoyed this quick guide to visiting Mason's Swimming Hole in Cape Tribulation.

For more adventure travel guides from Far North Queensland, make sure to check out some of the links below. If you haven't made it to Cape Trib yet, check out this guide to the epic Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cairns!

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I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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