The Northern Territory’s spectacular swimming spots are calling your name. And while wet season isn’t the best time to indulge, there’s nothing stopping you from planning your next trip to the Top End.
The best time to travel to the Northern Territory is during the dry season, from May to October. If you head up during the rest of the country’s summer season, then you are likely to run into some weather-related issues, with many of the territory’s best spots inaccessible due to the heavy rainfalls. But we’re all about preparedness at Caravanning Australia, and there’s no time like the present to plan your dry-season adventures to the Northern Territory’s best swimming spots.
Located just over an hour south-west of Katherine, you’ll find the famous Bitter Springs. These springs-fed thermal pools are a must visit on your next trip to the Northern Territory, thanks to their healing properties. The springs stay a warm 34 degrees year round, so they don’t necessarily provide a break from the heat; however, thermal springs have an array of healing elements and are a peaceful oasis. You’ll lose track of time floating in the springs, gazing up at the dense greenery of the surrounding rainforest. There is camping located nearby at Bitter Springs Cabins and Camping, so you can spend a few days soaking up the beauty of the area.
The springs are located within Elsey National Park, where you can partake in a number of different walking trails through the tropical landscape. There are also several fishing locations and two boat ramps located within the park along the Roper River.
Florence Falls is one of the most well-known swimming spots in the Northern Territory, located in the beautiful Litchfield National Park. This spectacular plunge pool, set at the bottom of a cascading waterfall, is the perfect place to cool off after a day spent exploring the national park. The falls is easily accessible, and is just a three-minute walk from a conveniently located car park.
There’s also a number of walking trails in the area, including a one-kilometre saunter along Shady Creek and a challenging 39-kilometre overnight walk along Tabletop Track hike. There’s also a nearby viewing platform, so you can admire the mighty falls from afar and snap some pics.
Jim Jim Falls
A visit to Kakadu National Park wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the spectacular Jim Jim Falls. During wet season, the 200-metre-high waterfall fills with water and makes access to the area impossible; however, it is a favourite spot to be viewed from the air on a Kakadu scenic flight. During dry
season, the powerful waterfall dries to a mere trickle, and the waters below make the perfect spot for a dip. The pool is accessible via a short 900-metre rocky walk, but the cooling waters are worth the hike.
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Pictured: Florence Falls. Image (C) Tourism NT and Shaana McNaught