Is there any better way to escape the heat than by taking a dip in a natural swimming hole? Luckily for those travelling in the Darwin area, the region is home to some of the best swimming spots in the country (and the world!). We’ve put together a list of the best swimming spots within driving distance from Darwin for you to enjoy.
Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Kakadu National
About an hour and 40 minutes outside of Darwin, Kakadu National Park is famous for its spectacular sights and ancient history. There are plenty of swimming holes to choose from within this world-renowned national park, but you can’t go past a visit to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Keep in mind that you’ll need a four-wheel drive to access this site, and once you ditch the wheels you’ll also need to walk about a kilometre.
Buley Rockhole, Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park is located about an hour and a half from Darwin and is home to the incredible Buley Rockhole. This unique series of waterfalls and rock holes is the perfect place for a dip and, luckily for you, it can be found just off the road leading towards the incredible Florence Falls! So, you can tick both of these spots off your bucket list.
Berry Springs, Berry Springs Nature Park
Located just 47 kilometres from Darwin, Berry Springs is a favourite among locals and tourists alike! Pack the car for a day trip and enjoy and cosy picnic and a splash in the springs. Be sure to pack your walking shoes, too, as there are plenty of great walking trails within the park.
Safety in the Top End
When visiting national parks in the Top End, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Before you head off on your adventures, be sure to check out the national park’s website for any safety information, and always observe safety signs once you arrive. We also recommend doing some reading up on crocodile safety before you hit the road.
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