Gold Coast’s iconic heart-shaped rock pool closes for good

A Gold Coast waterhole that shot to fame on social media thanks to its unique heart shape has officially been closed.

The Department of Defence today announced the permanent closure of the Killarney Glen falls and rock pool area, following a major safety review of the site.

It comes almost four years after the Defence shut off the site, after a 19-year-old man drowned while swimming at the popular waterhole on December 30, 2016.


“After the tragic drowning of a member of the public at Killarney Glen in 2016, Defence closed public access to the site pending a review of the safety risks associated with the area,” the Department of Defence said in a statement on Thursday.

“The safety review of Killarney Glen identified a number of dangerous hazards at the falls and rock pool area, including steep rock cliff-faces, submerged objects and fast-flowing water.”

Prior to the fatal accident in 2016, a number of other locals and tourists also sustained multiple injuries as a result of the hazards identified in the review.

The Department of Defence said that based on the findings, and after receiving expert legal advice, they have decided not to reopen Killarney Glen to the public.

The waterfall and rock pool area form part of Defence’s Canungra Field Training Area, which is used by the Australian Defence Force for live-fire and other field training activities.

A number of other waterfalls in the Gold Coast hinterland and Scenic Rim remain open, including Cedar Creek Falls, Curtis Falls and Natural Bridge.