Safe Swimming Holes in Australia’s Top End

7th September 2016

Taking a dip in any of the swimming holes in Australia’s Top End can be an exciting and refreshing part of your adventure throughout the northern part of the Northern Territory. Outdoor swimming pools and swimming holes are becoming more popular throughout Australia. When you are travelling through the Top End, remember that this is croc country, so heed all signs, park rangers, and the national parks’ posted information to be sure that you are swimming in safe places. All public swimming holes in the Top End are carefully monitored for crocodiles and labeled safe for swimming after being checked. You can hire a 4WD vehicle from Budget Rental locations in the Northern Territory so that you will be able to traverse the rugged terrain here. The best time to visit the tropical Far North is during the dry season from May through September.

Bitter Springs Swimming Hole

Bitter Springs Photo Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Bitter Springs Photo Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Bitter Springs Photo Credit: http://nt.gov.au

Bitter Springs Photo Credit: http://nt.gov.au

Bitter Springs Photo Credit: http://nt.gov.au

Bitter Springs Photo Credit: http://nt.gov.au

Bitter Springs Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Bitter Springs Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Bitter Springs is a swimming hole in Elsey National Park. Surrounded by the palm forest and 34 degrees celsius year round make this a relaxing, tropical retreat. The pools are filled with underground spring water which stays clear and inviting all the time. While in Elsey National Park, you can camp there, explore the walking trails, go fishing, boating, or canoeing.

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park Swimming Holes

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park is located 115 km northwest of Katherine. The swimming hole in the gorge is a large pool with a sandy beach. Getting to the swimming hole can be a bit challenging since it is protected by tall, red cliffs. The swimming hole meanders through the gorge, so you can access some beautiful scenery that is hardly seen by anyone since the Top End is already very remote, this is even more isolated. The Wagiman Aboriginal people are the traditional landowners of this region, their rock art can found within the park on the walls of the gorge.

Katherine Gorge Swimming Hole in Nitmiluk National Park

Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Nitmiluk National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Nitmiluk National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

The swimming hole in Katherine Gorge located in Nitmiluk National Park is one of of several safe swimming spots in the park. Use caution and follow the signs because not all of the watering holes in Nitmiluk National Park are free of crocodiles. Katherine Gorge swimming hole is one of the ones closely monitored by the park authority to ensure that the water is safe for swimming. In addition to seeking out swimming holes to explore and cool off in, the park is great for bird watching, picnicking, barbecuing, bushwalking, and camping.

Gunlom Falls Swimming Hole in Kakadu National Park

Gunlom Falls in Kakadu National Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Gunlom Falls in Kakadu National Park Photo Credit: TravelNT.com

Gunlom Falls Photo Credit: ParksAustralia.gov.au

Gunlom Falls Photo Credit: ParksAustralia.gov.au

Kakadu National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Kakadu National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Kakadu National Park is Australia’s largest national park. Gunlom Falls is one of the few swimming holes in Kakadu that are maintained crocodile free. It is also widely regarded as the most picturesque spots in all of Kakadu. It isn’t very easy to get to, which is one of the reasons that you won’t find crocodiles in this swimming hole. Getting to the pool involves a steep climb; of course, the views make it worth your while. The water is cool and refreshing and in most cases, you will be paying a pretty penny to sit in an infinity pool with this type of view. However, this one is all natural and totally free! While in Kakadu National Park be sure to learn about the rich Aboriginal culture and history here, you can go boating, crocodile spotting tours, fishing, bushwalking and more.

Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park

Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park Photo Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park Photo Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park Photo Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park Photo Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park Photo Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park Photo Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Litchfield National Park Photo Credit: Google Maps

Litchfield National Park Photo Credit: Google Maps

Buley Rockhole is one of many swimming holes in Litchfield National Park. The park is about an hour and half drive south of Darwin (116 km). We are featuring Buley Rockhole because it is a favorite for tourists and locals too. You have your choice of shallow wading pools, deep plunge pools, and white water rushing over the rocks. The park is also a great place for camping and enjoying the bush.

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