The Best Wild Swimming Spots in the Northern Territory

November 14, 2023
By Bek Day & Travel Insider

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From the lush Top End to the fiery Red Centre and the outskirts of Darwin, there’s no shortage of places to swim amongst the wild beauty of the Northern Territory. Here are some of the best and most beautiful swimming spots and watering holes in the state.

Most people think of the Northern Territory as an ancient rust-red land but its giant serpentine rivers and underground springs guarantee visitors adventures of a different and far cooler kind. Scores of swimmable waterholes lure lucky locals, who embrace the warm weather and regularly swim amongst the wild beauty of the landscape.

Perhaps surprisingly, some of the best wild swimming can be found in the Territory’s dry Red Centre; four of the region’s finest waterholes are a lazy Sunday drive from the semi-arid outback capital of Alice Springs. These swimming spots are accessible year-round and a large number are highly significant to the Indigenous custodians of this land. To plan ahead, stay sensitive to local wishes, keep up to date with the latest information and ensure you’re visiting safe waterholes, check the Parks and Wildlife website and abide by instructions.

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