Sensational swimming in Northern Territory’s Top End

Wangi Falls Pool, Litchfield National Park

Wangi Falls Pool, Litchfield National Park

Recently we spent three weeks in Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield National Park where we swam in some amazing water holes, wave pools, hot springs and lap pools.

Nature's own infinity pool at Gunlom Falls, Kakadu National Park.

Nature’s own infinity pool at Gunlom Falls, Kakadu National Park.

When we returned I wrote about these fabulous swimming spots in a story published in The Weekend Australian last Saturday, 4 July.  You can read the story, Pooled Resources here.

Pandanus reflection at Katherine's Hot Springs.

Pandanus reflection at Katherine’s Hot Springs.

While discussions about crocodiles are a regular topic of conversation in the Top End, and there are many places off limits for swimming, there are lots of safe alternatives sans crocs and stingers.

Lily Ponds pool, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine.

Lily Ponds pool, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine.

While each place was special, one of the highlights was an unnamed pool near Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park where I had a fantastic back and shoulder massage.

The 'massage' pool, near Buley Rockhole, Litchfield National Park.

The ‘massage’ pool, near Buley Rockhole, Litchfield National Park.

Another favourite were the Katherine Hot Springs. While mud from the wet season covered the paperbark trees and pandanus surrounding the springs it was very relaxing in the warm, crystal clear water. It was also where we made friends with three local Aboriginal boys who enjoyed exploring the underwater paradise with my goggles.

Cousins' Antonio, Dvaughan and Kersay at the Katherine Hot Springs.

Cousins’ Antonio, Dvaughan and Kersay at the Katherine Hot Springs.

And at Wangi Falls it was fun discovering a hidden pool on the rock face where I managed to climb up to and plunge in, and encountering the marine life in the pool beneath Florence Falls.

Black bream in the Florence Falls pool, Litchfield National Park.

Black bream in the Florence Falls pool, Litchfield National Park.

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