Cardwell Spa Pool

A real life blue lagoon.
Courtney Ammenhauser
Published on February 15, 2022


It's not every day that the icy blue Cardwell Spa Pool thrives which makes seeing this stunning pool come to life during autumn truly magical. The pool is situated on the scenic Cardwell Forest Drive —about 2.5-hour drive south of Cairns, or a 30-minute drive from Mission Beach — which makes it an excellent activity for a day trip.

Wondering how it gets its incredible blue colour? It comes from the chemistry of the rocks and water. The pool is filled by underground water which collects minerals and sedimentary rock and ultimately higher levels of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. After your swim, head to the township of Cardwell and enjoy fresh fish and chips at one of the picturesque waterfront picnic tables near the jetty.

Images: Tourism Tropical North Queensland


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