We know Australia is packed with plenty of jaw-dropping, beautiful beaches but with summer just around the corner, we’re throwing a towel down at the country's hidden gems—natural swimming pools.
Tucked away in some of the most gram-worthy spots we’ve ever laid our eyes on, consider this your hit list for the ultimate summer day well spent. Just BYO cracking playlist and a good book and let mother nature do the rest.
These are Australia’s most beautiful natural pools.
Kermits Pool | Western Australia
Mother Nature was just showing off when she created rust-red rock layers and deep blue waters of Kermits Pool. Found in Karijini National Park, about 1000km north of Perth, it’s not the easiest of pools to get to, but it’s totally worth the effort. Nestled at the base of Hancock Gorge (around a three-hour return walk), you’ll need to climb down a ladder and make your way down to the magical pools. Make sure you take your camera with you because this is a scene you’re going to want to brag about.
Bitter Springs | Northern Territory
Steeped in culture and history, Bitter Springs, nestled amongst cabbage palms and tropical woodlands in Elsey National Park, is a sight to behold. The stunning 500-metre long thermal pool is fed by an underground spring that provides the perfect temperature for a dip. BYO pool noodles for the ultimate in relaxation.
Killen Falls | New South Wales
While Byron Bay is known for its stunning beaches, if you want to ditch crowds and have a more secluded swim, jump in the car and make the 20-minute drive south to Killen Falls. The crashing waterfall and swimming basin are surrounded by a big scrub rainforest that offer the perfect shade for those hot summer days. There’s also a hidden cave behind the waterfall that is serving up serious fairytale vibes.
Cedar Creek Falls | Queensland
Nestled in South-East Queensland’s gorgeous Tamborine National Park lies the rock pools of Cedar Creek Falls. To get there you’ll have to do a 30-minute round walk inclusive of quite a few steps but trust us when we say it’s worth it. Set in a natural rock amphitheatre, you’ll enjoy a solid soaking from the waterfall before floating in the cool, clear waters of the rock pool with fish, turtles and maybe a few other humans.
Turpins Falls | Victoria
Giving the beach a run for its money, this summer Victorians should make tracks to Turpins Falls in Langley. Tucked away along the Campaspe River the swimming hole is the result of a naturally formed basalt column cathedral creating a huge billabong for locals and travellers to enjoy—seriously it’s bigger than an Olympic swimming pool.
Zoe Falls | Queensland
The World Heritage-listed Hinchinbrook Island is absolutely breathtaking and a trip that needs to be on your bucket list. This stunning patch of far north Queensland only allows 40 people on the island at a time so you’ll need to do some prep for this swimming trip. Our tip: set up camp at South Zoe Bay and Banksia Bay sites and walk around 600metres to Zoe Falls for a dip in it’s crisp, fresh running waters. The blue-green natural pool is one of the best—and most secluded—in Australia
Zebedee Springs | Western Australia
Found in the one-million-acre wilderness of El Questro in WA, Zebedee Springs is the epitome of a natural wonder. Think clusters of pandanus palms around thermal pools and waterfalls that will melt away any aches, pains or stresses the second you dip your toe in. The springs are accessible by a two-kilometre walk from the nearest car park so it’s a nice and easy visit for anyone.
Lake McKenzie | Queensland
Also known as Boorangoora (meaning waters of wisdom) by traditional owners of the land, the Butchulla people, Fraser Island’s Lake McKenzie is a literal slice of paradise. Accessible by 4WD on the inland tracks, this lake contains only rainwater meaning your dip here will be that bit more refreshing. Fringed by sugar-white sand that acts as a filter giving the water it’s clarity, so you won’t find any creepy crawlies joining you for your splash sesh here.
Gunlom Pool | Northern Territory
This jaw-dropping pool can be found in the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. While the pictures of this spot alone should tell you all you need to know, we’ll give you the sales pitch. Picture this: a waterfall-fed plunge pool surrounded by tall gums, boasting incredible views of the southern hills and ridges of the park—stone country, woodland and riparian (riverine) areas. Although the area is currently closed, we've been advised that it's set to re-open soon.
Dalhousie Springs | South Australia
Jump in a 4WD, head to Witjira National Park on the edge of the Simpson Desert and lap up the outback oasis that is Dalhousie Springs. Being a natural spring the temps can get a little warm—up to 43 degrees—so you might want to plan an early morning or afternoon dip.
Next up, start planning your natural springs adventure tour around New Zealand.
Image Credit: Tourism NT/Jewels Lynch, Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Western Australia