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Top 10 swimming spots in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory has more than its fair share of pristine waterholes - 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 Northern Territory is dotted with gorges, lagoons, waterfalls, thermal springs and canyons all 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 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.

3. Gunlom Plunge Pool, Kakadu National Park
Well worth the hike to the top. 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.

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.

6. Darwin Recreation Lagoon, Darwin region
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 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 the Top End, enjoy a dip in the natural pool fringed with pandanus plants at the base of a brilliant waterfall.

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