A popular Daintree bushwalk, the Mossman Gorge Rainforest Circuit passes a swimming hole on the Mossman River, many giant fig trees and cascades along Rex Creek.
The Nandroya Falls Loop bushwalk in the Wooroonooran National Park passes some small cascades, with the destination being a spectacular plunge waterfall and large swimming hole.
The very distinctive Walshs Pyramid is about 30min south of Cairns. The steep climb up the summit rewards with sweeping views over the Atherton Tablelands and surrounding peaks.
A short loop walk in the Dinden National Park (an hour from Cairns), the Davies Creek Falls circuit track combines great views, a waterfall and many idyllic swimming holes.
The Clover Hill Trail combines an easy walk along an old forestry road, followed by a challenging scramble through rainforest. It passes four waterfalls and some nice swimming holes.
An informal walking pad provides access to Refuge Bay at West Head. This spectacular spot has a waterfall which plunges onto the beach, a clifftop swimming hole, great views and fascinating WWII history.