The Best Swimming Holes Locations in Australia

by Catalin Andries on April 22, 2024

Australia is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and pristine waters, making it the perfect destination for adventure and tranquillity. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Australian wilderness is by visiting its many swimming holes. From remote cascading waterfalls to hidden rock pools, these natural wonders offer a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. In this article, we'll explore some of the best swimming holes locations across Australia that are sure to leave you in awe.

Buley Rockhole, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory

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Tucked away in the heart of Litchfield National Park, Buley Rockhole is a series of interconnected rock pools surrounded by lush rainforest. Visitors can enjoy swimming in crystal-clear waters and relaxing under the shade of towering eucalyptus trees. The cascading waterfalls and natural rock slides add to the allure of this picturesque oasis.

Things to Do at Buley Rockhole

Swimming reigns supreme in this region, where plunge pools and shallows beckon for endless splashing and aquatic adventures. Delve into a labyrinth of layered pools, each offering cool, refreshing waters that serve as a welcome escape from the Australian sun.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of forests, waterfalls, and meandering trails that envelop these rockholes, providing a breathtaking backdrop for your aquatic excursions. Keep your senses sharp as you explore, as the resident wildlife may reveal itself amidst this natural wonderland.

Bring along a picnic and bask in a day spent lounging beside these picturesque pools. With numerous secluded spots to choose from, the tranquil setting of the rockholes provides the perfect backdrop for a leisurely lunch.

Wangi Falls, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory

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Another gem in Litchfield National Park, Wangi Falls is a stunning double waterfall that cascades into a large swimming hole. Surrounded by dramatic cliffs and lush vegetation, this iconic spot offers visitors the chance to swim in cool, freshwater and explore the nearby walking trails.

After photography, the most popular activity here is swimming during the dry season. Equip yourself with a waterproof camera and snorkel mask to delve into the pool's depths and get up close to the falls. With temperatures soaring, wading in the refreshing water offers a delightful reprieve. Wangi Falls boasts excellent facilities, ensuring you're well-prepared with water, snacks, and restroom facilities. While the picnic area doesn't offer a view of the falls, it still makes for a pleasant spot to enjoy a leisurely outdoor meal.

Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland

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Located in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Josephine Falls is a breathtaking natural attraction known for its crystal-clear waters and lush rainforest surroundings. Visitors can swim in the refreshing pools at the base of the waterfall or take a hike to explore the surrounding jungle.

What To Do At Josephine Falls

Discover the allure of Josephine Falls, perfect for a leisurely full-day outing, a quick swim stop on a day tour, or a half-day escape. Take advantage of the well-appointed public facilities, where you can set up a barbecue, indulge in a picnic, and unwind amidst the lush rainforest setting with your loved ones. Whether you're seeking a tranquil retreat or an adventure-filled day, Josephine Falls offers an idyllic setting for creating lasting memories with family and friends.

At Josephine Falls, safety is paramount, so it's crucial to heed the directional signs and avoid risky behavior. While the lower sections are safe for swimming, access to the top is restricted for good reason – it can be hazardous! Never attempt to jump or dive into the water, as submerged rocks may have shifted during flood seasons. Be vigilant, especially during heavy rains, as water levels can rise unexpectedly.

Remember, when enjoying the great outdoors, always prioritize safety and keep a close eye on children to ensure a fun and worry-free experience.

Fairy Pools, Noosa Heads, Queensland

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Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Noosa Heads, the Fairy Pools are a series of small rock pools carved into the coastal cliffs. These natural tidal pools offer a tranquil setting for swimming and snorkelling, with stunning views of the ocean and surrounding coastline.

Be sure to secure a map of the National Park, conveniently provided below for reference. With numerous trails to explore, consider embarking on the Coastal Trail, spanning 5.4km and requiring at least 45 minutes each way.

For the unpaved sections of the track, we advise wearing sturdy walking shoes to ensure comfort and stability.

Don't forget to pack your essentials for a day of adventure, including your swimsuit, sunscreen, your snorkel mask, and towel. When you're ready to cool off, head down to the beachfront for a refreshing swim.

Serpentine Falls, Serpentine National Park, Western Australia

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Situated in the rugged terrain of Serpentine National Park, Serpentine Falls is a hidden gem known for its emerald-green waters and dramatic rock formations. Visitors can swim in the cool, clear pools and enjoy picnicking in the scenic parkland surrounding the falls.

This location is undoubtedly perfect for an adventure and a refreshing swim. Additionally, it boasts a grassy picnic area, shaded picnic tables, gas barbecues, and accessible toilets, ensuring everyone can fully enjoy all that Serpentine National Park has to offer.

Gunlom Plunge Pool, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

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Perched atop a rocky escarpment in Kakadu National Park, Gunlom Plunge Pool offers panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness. Visitors can cool off in the inviting waters of the natural infinity pool and admire the stunning landscapes below.

Gunlom Falls, also referred to as Waterfall Creek, is renowned for its stunning pools, located both at the base and the summit of the falls, adding an exhilarating and enjoyable dimension to this incredible destination. Upon reaching the Gunlom car park, you'll embark on an easy walk through a brief stretch of tropical forest before reaching the falls themselves.

Gunlom Falls is well-equipped to accommodate visitors with amenities such as barbecues, a spacious car park, a dedicated picnic area nestled amidst shady woodlands, and public toilets. It offers everything you need for a day spent amidst stunning surroundings. In addition to admiring the breathtaking views from the top of the falls, you can also take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear pools that accompany the cascading water.

Whether you're looking to escape the summer heat, explore the natural beauty of Australia, or simply relax in a tranquil setting, the country's swimming holes offer something for everyone. From remote wilderness retreats to coastal hideaways, these natural wonders are sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit them. So pack your swimsuit, grab your towel, and dive into paradise at one of Australia's best swimming holes.

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