The Best of the NT

    Northern Territory

The Best of the NT

The Northern Territory has plenty to offer and great swimming locations, are no exception! 
These are just a few of our favourite places. 


Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre 

This state of the art aquatic & leisure centre is a must visit if you’re in town.

Boasting indoor and outdoor pools, two water slides, shaded grass areas and free BBQ's, it’s the ideal location for the family on a hot summers day. The centre also has a 20m indoor pool with beach entry and ramp access. For a more relaxed approach, there’s a ‘lazy river’ and indoor spa.

Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Image Credit - Alice Springs Town Council


Mataranka – Thermal Pool and Bitter Springs

One simply cannot pass up the opportunity too see what Mataranka has to offer. Approximately 420km southeast of Darwin (107km southeast of Katherine) Mataranka was the setting to Jeannie Gunn’s ‘We of the Never Never’.

1.5km south of Mataranka is the thermal pool. The water sits at an almost constant 34 degrees and is said to have the power to soothe one’s aches and pains.

Bitter Springs is the lesser known of the two locations but in our opinion, it's a real winner. The 500m waterway branches off into a stream you can follow down to a bridge and there's even a ladder to climb out. It’s the perfect place to pack an inflatable and have float. Toilet facilities, picnic benches and BBQs are available.

Bitter Springs at Mataranka
Image Credit - Tripadvisor



Gunlom is one of the many stunning areas in the Kakadu National Park. 

The Gunlom lookout walk features rock pools atop of the waterfalls and provides a stunning sweeping view of the southern-most parts of the park. The Gunlom plunge pool is a seasonal waterfall and large plunge pool. If those two swimming holes aren’t enough, follow the short walking track to the main pool below the waterfall.

Gunlom in Kakadu National park
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Berry Springs

During World War II, Berry Springs was part of a rest and recreation camp set up by the armed forces. Today, it is a swimming hotspot for locals and tourists alike. The springs begin with a small waterfall that runs into larger and deeper pools where it concludes with a small weir. Perfect for a day trip, Berry springs is about an hour drive from Darwin. Complete with picnic areas, BBQs and shaded seating, the springs are great for the entire family.

Berry Springs NT
Image Credit - tripadvisor


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We recommend checking ahead with local councils and parks to see what areas are open during the wet season. 

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