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The Northern Territory's Best Swimming Holes

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As the monsoon rains peter out in April or May, the ground dries up and waterfalls slow to a trickle in the Northern Territory. But the water remains stored in deep plunge pools, and roads that were recently flooded open up for adventurous swimmers. Water-bound crocodiles are less of an issue in the dry season, but always research your swimming spot and check for posted signs before jumping in. On cooler days, hit the hot springs around Mataranka, keeping your eyes peeled for sea turtles.
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Litchfield Park Road, Litchfield Park NT 0822, Australia
Even in the cooler months, Darwin can be a hot, scorching place. Make a day trip to the waterfalls and plunge pools of Litchfield National Park, a one and a half hour drive from Darwin. Swim in the crystal-clear swimming hole at the base of ...
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Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Gulung Mardrulk NT 0852, Australia
Located on Waterfall Creek in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, the Gunlom Falls infinity pool is the perfect combination of waterfall and plunge pool, with gum trees for shade, picnic areas nearby for snacking and camping, and hiking...
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Kakadu NT 0822, Australia
Kakadu's tallest waterfall turns on in the tropical summer (book a scenic flight to see it in full force), but in the dry season, between June and November, Jim Jim Falls transforms into a deep swimming hole surrounded by boulders and 500-foot...
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Just upstream from Florence Falls, the Buley Rockhole is probably the most fun travelers can have in Litchfield National Park, maybe the whole of the Northern Territory. While not as impressive as Wangi Falls since it's a section of river where...
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Stuart Hwy, Mataranka NT 0852, Australia
About 65 miles south of Katherine's famous gorges and waterfalls lies the local’s secret that is the Mataranka Hot Springs in Elsey National Park. Between May and September, the water is calm and, in some places, 93 degrees Fahrenheit. The best...
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1 Namatjira Dr, Alice Springs NT 0872, Australia
If you find yourself sweating bullets driving or hiking through the MacDonnell Ranges west of Alice Springs, cool down in one of the many rock pools that grace the canyon walls. Ormiston Gorge, which you'll pass before reaching the Glen Helen...