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.
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.
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.
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.