Beyond spectacular and world-renowned beaches that travellers from near and far flock to, Australia is also home to gorgeous secluded water holes. From majestic waterfalls and lush infinity pools to desert oases and amazing thermal pools, the great Australian outdoors offer abundant swimming holes worth discovering and adding to your bucket list.

 

Here, we give you 10 of Australia’s most beautiful swimming holes well worth the adventure. Take a dip and enjoy!

 

1.  Gunlom Falls, Kakadu National Park, NT

 

Gunlom FallsPristine plunge pools of Gunlom Falls, NT. Photo: Australian Traveller Magazine

 

On top of our list for Australia’s best swimming holes is Gunlom Falls and plunge pool located at the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park in Waterfall Creek, Northern Territory.  With spectacular and sweeping views of the southern-most part of Kakadu and the beautiful cascading water that falls into a crystal-clear plunge pool, it is considered as the most popular place in the national park. The 15-minute hike to the top is steep and may be difficult but it’s all worth it when you get to the top. Take your reward as you dip in the refreshing and cool water of this natural infinity pool that overlooks a stunning panorama of Southern Kakadu.

  

2.  Millaa Millaa Falls, Atherton Tablelands, NSW

  

Millaa Millaa FallsMagnificent Millaa Millaa Falls, QLD. Photos: instagram @bek.king, nothinglikeaustralia.com.au

 

As the most photographed waterfall in Australia, Millaa Millaa Falls has become an icon of Atherton Tablelands region. The picture-perfect waterfall at 18.3 metres high and fringed by lush rainforest, broad ferns and pretty flowers, cascades into an equally picturesque waterhole that will take your breath away. It is one of the three waterfalls that are part of the Atherton Waterfall Circuit. It has an excellent spot for a picnic, with plenty of parking and facilities. This beautiful swimming hole was once used as a setting for the Herbal Essences commercial. 

  

3.  Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park, QLD

 

JOSEPHINE FALLSBeautiful Josephine Falls at Tropical North Queensland. Photo: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

 

At the base of Mount Bartle Frere, Queensland’s tallest mountain, lies nature’s own water park. Approximately 7.5 km from the summit of the mountain, the waters of Josephine Creek tumble over incredible granite boulders acting as natural waterslides and forming the picturesque Josephine Falls. Take in the scenic views as you walk the track through lush rainforest to viewing decks that overlooks the scenic Josephine Creek and falls. You can also make your way to the lower pool for a refreshing rainforest swim. 4. Fern Pool 

 

 4.  Fern Pool, Karijini National Park, WA

 

Fern PoolTurquoise water of Fern Pool. Photo: Snapped: Australian Landscapes

 

Tucked away in the spectacular Karijini National Park’s Dales Gorge in Western Australia, Fern Pool is a stunning and enchanting swimming hole that is sacred to the local aboriginal people. A peaceful and scenic spot of red rocks, blue skies and amazing turquoise water, it evokes a sense of purity and wonder. Visitors are allowed to swim but should behave respectfully.  Soak up in this lovely, lush and green oasis with beautiful ferns, trees and other native plants surrounding it. Trust us; you’ll never want to leave.

 

5.  Killen Falls, NSW

 

Killen FallsLovely Killen Falls, Tintenbar, NSW. Photo: Larissa Dening

 

Popularly known as the “hidden gem of Ballina Shire”, Killen Falls is an enchanting oasis fringed by ferns and green foliage-lined cliffs. Located among the beautiful rolling hills of Tintenbar, 20 minutes south of Byron Bay, the falls is just a short walk from the car park. Stroll along the boardwalk which provides a viewing platform atop a cliff overlooking Killen Falls. Have a picnic at the Rous Reserve picnic area and enjoy the relaxing sound of the falls, drizzling onto the lovely serenity pool. Better yet, take a refreshing dip in this tropical lagoon and explore the cave behind the falls where you can sit and watch the water cascade and swish over the rocks happily.

  

 6.  Champagne Pools, Fraser Island, QLD

 

Champagne PoolsNatural sandy bottomed sea bubble bath at Champagne Pools, Fraser Island. Photo: fraserfree.com.a, ellislouise_1

 

There is no better spot to relax and take a refreshing swim in the Fraser Island than in the tranquil swimming holes called Champagne Pools. These shallow and crystal-clear pools received their name from the waves that crash over rocks, creating pools of bubbling and fizzy white water. Located between Waddy Point and Indian Head along 75 Mile Beach, it is the best way to experience the Fraser Island as this is the only place on Fraser where saltwater swimming is allowed. Take a dip into these shallow sandy pools that are alive and calming at the same time and bask in the stunning scenery that will surely leave you breathless.

 

7.  Mitchell Falls, Mitchell River National Park, WA

  

Mitchell FallsMajestic, four-tiered Mitchell Falls, WA. Photo: David Bristow

 

As an iconic landmark of the Kimberley region, the majestic Mitchell falls is a place of cultural and spiritual significance for the aboriginal people. The massive 4-tier waterfalls have been carved into the sandstone of the Mitchell plateau. Take a scenic helicopter flight to view this magnificent Mitchell Falls from above. Witness how the Mitchell River has carved out spell-binding gorges and waterfalls into the layered sandstone of Mitchell plateau. You can also do the full-length hike and rough it at the campsite. Either way, its grandeur and beauty will blow you away.

 

 8.  Kermits Pool, Karijini National Park, WA

 

Kermits PoolSpectacular Kermit's Pool, WA. Photo:  instagram @paauline_b

 

Part of the incredible Hancock Gorge at the spectacular Karijini National Park, Kermit’s Pool is the big reward when you take the short but challenging hike to Hancock Gorge Trail. Its name was penned after the pool’s amazing bright green hue. The trail will take a few descends into the gorge via steep path. Wade through cold pools and clamber through stony creek beds. Admire the steep gorge walls which are imposing with its amazing colours and textures. The gorge soon dramatically narrows and with a degree of flexibility you can do a “spider walk” or just walk through the water which is also possible. It’s definitely worth it when you see and experience the stunningly beautiful swimming hole, without a doubt, one of Australia’s best.

  

 9.  Dalhousie Springs, Witjira National Park, SA

 

Dalhousie SpringsRefreshing warm waters of Dalhousie Springs, SA. Photo: ausemade.com.au

 

Located at Wijitra National Park and on the western edge of the Simpson Desert is Australia’s best known oasis. Dalhousie Springs is a true oasis in the desert as it is set amidst endless sand dunes, stark gibber plains and stony tablelands. This amazing hot spring surrounded by palms, reeds, native shrubs and trees is fed by mineral-rich water that bubbles up from the underground making its water temperature reach an average of 40 degrees. Take a relaxing dip at the spring’s warm waters which are absolutely beautiful especially at dusk and dawn.

 

10.  Emma Gorge Waterhole, Kimberley, WA

 

Emma Gorge WaterholeTranquil Emma Gorge Water Hole. Photo: letsgotravelaustralia.com

 

Located 80 km west of Kununurra in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia, Emma Gorge waterhole is a cool oasis of bracing fresh water.  With its serene surroundings, the incredible falls and waterhole is a tranquil and relaxing place to swim. It also has a small thermal spring, perfect for welcoming the warmth after swimming in the cool water of the pool. The hike to this gorgeous waterhole takes approximately an hour but the reward- crystal-clear waters, towering cliff walls adorned by greenery and majestic natural beauty is something you’ll never forget.