Top 10 swimming spots in the Northern Territory

Nov 17, 2020
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The Northern Territory has more than its fair share of pristine water holes - swim under one of the majestic waterfalls in the Top End or soak up the sun on a spectacular inland beach in the Red Centre.


With so many options, choosing the Northern Territory’s top ten best swimming locations is a challenge. The NT is dotted with gorges, lagoons, waterfalls, thermal springs and canyons within reach by car or on a day tour from Darwin or Alice Springs.


Here are the top ten to explore:


1. Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park

Follow the stairway leading down through tropical rainforest to a massive pool at Florence Falls, where you can swim under a breathtaking waterfall.


2. Buley Rockhole, Litchfield National Park

A series of cascading waterfalls – relax on one of the rock shelves or launch into a deeper pool to enjoy a natural spa at Buley Rockhole.


3. Gunlom Plunge Pool, Kakadu National Park

Sit on the edge of the natural infinity pool and admire the view over the world heritage-listed national park.


4. Ellery Creek Big Hole, West MacDonnell Ranges

Enjoy a picnic on the sandy beach and look up towards the top of the cliffs. Plunge into the cool water for an invigorating swim at this natural waterhole near Alice Springs.


5. Redbank Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges

Swim or float through the gorge to take in the view of the towering cliffs or relax under a gum tree along the sandy bank of Redbank Gorge.


6. Darwin Recreation Lagoon

With easy access, embrace Darwin’s endless summer with a splash in the waterfront’s beach lagoon.


7. Mataranka Thermal Pool, Katherine region

The warm, crystalline waters of the natural thermal pool will soothe aches and pains after a long day on the road.


8. Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges

Swim away the heat of the day in cool waters surrounded by rugged scenery of the Outback.


9. Leilyn/Edith Falls, Katherine region

Located in Nitmiluk National Park, enjoy a dip in the natural pool fringed with pandanus plants at the base of a brilliant waterfall.


10. Berry Springs Nature Park

Only 50km from Darwin, the emerald pools of Berry Springs are picture-perfect for a picnic and swim.


Disclaimer: Visitors should always check road conditions before exploring remote areas and national parks through the NT in summer.


*The NT borders are open to all Australians, unless you have come from a declared COVID-19 hotspot. Travellers from hotspots will be required to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. For more information: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine


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