Swimmingin the Northern Territory
In the Northern Territory, you can take your pick of picture-perfect places to cool off. Dive into secluded desert waterholes, indulge in crystal clear thermal springs, and embrace thundering waterfalls.
Look no further than the NT for some of Australia's—and quite possibly the world's—most unique swimming spots. From the Top End to the Red Centre, there are countless national parks filled with breath-taking places to take a dip. Visit iconic landscapes like Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and the West MacDonnell Ranges.
The Northern Territory boasts an array of spectacular swimming spots. Dive into the turquoise waters of Mataranka and Bitter Springs in Elsey National Park. Explore Litchfield National Park's Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, and Buley Rockhole. Discover hidden desert waterholes like Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Each location offers a unique and unforgettable swimming experience.
Swimming in the Northern Territory is great fun but it’s important to follow the safety guidelines. Remember to only swim where it’s marked safe to swim, keep hydrated and stay sun-safe.
Follow all signage and only swim where it’s marked safe to do so.
Check if the park is open
Before heading off on a great adventure, make sure you check whether your swimming spot is open. Some waterholes in the Top End are closed during the wet season. Public pools may also be closed during storm activity.
Even in the shade you can get sunburnt. Remember to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on your sunglasses.