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Top 5 Swimming Spots in Darwin

Darwin is blessed with sub-tropical weather all year round. It’s also infamous for its dry, arid landscapes and scorching sun. With this in mind, it goes without saying you’ll need to know where to find the best local swimming spots to cool down when the mercury starts to rise.

While the Northern Territory might conjure imagery of red, barren plains and dry, dirt roads, it actually boasts many vibrant wetlands, creeks and lagoons that are teeming with life. We list five of the top swimming spots in and around Darwin perfect for a cool dip.

1. Florence Falls (Litchfield National Park)

Drive duration from Darwin: 1 hour 45 minutes approx.

Head south from Darwin to this popular watering hole within Litchfield National Park. Enjoy the deep, shaded swimming and try to fight the strong currents to get right beneath the twin falls that feed the pool. Otherwise, get yourself a snorkel and goggles to spy some the massive barramundi gliding below.

2. Buley Rockhole (Litchfield National Park)

Drive duration from Darwin: 1 hour 45 minutes approx.

While you’re at Litchfield National Park, make sure to also have a dip at this much-loved collection of cascading rock pools. There’s nothing quite like sitting in one of the pools as the fast-moving water flows over you for a natural shoulder and back massage.

3. Edith Falls (Nitmiluk National Park)

Drive duration from Darwin: 3 hours approx.

Sitting among the red rock landscape on the way to Katherine Gorge, Edith Falls can be found within Nitmiluk National Park and is well worth the journey. You can have a paddle in the pools at the bottom and top of the falls, or you can take a short hike to the Sweetwater Poo – a secluded little spot where, if you’re lucky, you might spot turtles.

4. Berry Springs (Berry Springs Nature Park)

Drive duration from Darwin: 40 minutes approx.

This little gem is popular due to its close proximity to Darwin. It’s frequented by locals and travellers alike due to its BBQ and picnic areas. There’s also the option of swimming amongst a number of warm, clear pools, or the exciting white-water torrents. 

5. Gunlom Plunge Pool (Kakadu National Park)

Drive duration from Darwin: 4 hours 45 minutes approx.

For those planning to spend a few days in Kakadu National Park, make sure you discover this hidden wonder at the top of a waterfall. You’ll be rewarded with uninterrupted views of the park that are well worth the trek.

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