Our Ultimate Thermal Pool Tour Of Australia


Yarrangobilly Caves: Thermal Pool walk

Yarrangobilly area in Kosciuszko National Park

The thermal pool is pretty amazing but the trek down to the thermal pool is not for the faint hearted, 700m straight down and then you have to walk back up, hard but what a view and amazing experience you are rewarded with!

There are change rooms but no showers in the change room.  Make sure you bring some water, wetsuit shoes for the pool and you have warm clothes after your swim.

Yarrangobilly Caves’ thermal pool, fed by a natural spring, is accessible via a short walk. Enjoy birdwatching en route before swimming in natural surroundings, near Tumut.

Where  Yarrangobilly area in Kosciuszko National Park
Distance  0.7km one-way
Time suggested  15 – 30min
Grade  Grade 4
Price  Free
Entry fees  Park entry fees apply
What to  bring  Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note  Though generally easy, some parts of the walk are steep. There is limited mobile reception in this area of the park.

In a pristine mountain river setting, you probably don’t expect to find a pool, never mind one that is permanently heated to 27ºC by a natural spring. But that’s exactly what you’ll discover at Yarrangobilly Caves after a short but steep descent from the carpark. Measuring about 20m long and 2.5m deep, the main pool gently overflows like a waterfall into a children’s wading pool.

Because it is a consistently warm temperature, the pool is perfect year-round. In summer, head there after exploring the caves for a quick swim and a picnic. Keep your eyes open for some of the local residents, including the water dragons that enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the pool and nearby river. In winter, it’s magical to float in the warmth, watching steam rise from the surface of the water, with snow blanketing the ground around you.

There’s a picnic area adjacent to the pool, as well as change rooms and toilets. After your swim, follow Yarrangobilly Caves – Glory Farm walk, there are some great fishing spots, where you can catch introduced rainbow trout. You can also loop back via Yarrangobilly Caves – River walk and South Glory Cave.

  • Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre
  • 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
  • (02) 6454 9597
  • (02) 6454 9598
  • Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road, off Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves NSW

Park info

  • in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountainsregion
  • The Yarrangobilly area is open all year. See individual show caves and guided tours for times and prices. Additional tours run during NSW school holidays. Contact Yarrangobilly Caves on (02) 6454 9597 to confirm the tour times for your visit.
  • Park entry fees apply in the Yarrangobilly area$4 per vehicle per day applies at Yarrangobilly Caves for motor vehicles without a Kosciuszko National Park day pass or NPWS All Parks annual pass.See vehicle entry fees for other areas in Kosciuszko National Park.You’ll need to buy a ticket or cave pass from the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre to visit all Yarrangobilly’s caves.
    • Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre
      (02) 6454 9597
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • Tumut Visitor Centre
      (02) 6947 7025
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)

Burren Junction NSW

Probably the best feature of these hot springs is the temperature, which is quite warm but not too hot as in the case of some others in the Artesian Basin area. The free camping at the bore attracts plenty of caravanners and tenters alike, looking for relief from their arthritic aches and pains.  There are pool noodles provided so floating around in the hot water is quite luxurious.  There is a bit of a downside here that is the the water and steps are quite slimy and there seemed to be quite a few “floaties” in the water, the baths definitely need to be cleaned more frequently.

Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre


The benefits of natural artesian mineral waters were discovered thousands of years ago and have been used for their curative powers since ancient times. Many European cities are steeped in spa culture and their residents use thermal spas for their therapeutic value.

Today, you don’t have to go to Europe to enjoy these health benefits, for this can be experienced in the beautiful township of Moree.

The famous Moree Hot Mineral Baths originated in 1895, when the baths mercurial waters were accidentally discovered. While searching for a reliable source of irrigation water, a bore was sunk into the Great Artesian Basin. Amazingly, this bore derived hot mineral waters, heated naturally at 41 degrees Celsius.

Lightning Ridge Artesian Spa

The water found in the Bore Baths at Lightning Ridge comes from the Great Artesian Basin and is approximately two million years old! Natural pressure sends the water to the surface through an artesian bore and it maintains a temperature of between 40 to 50 degrees celsius. The bores supplying these baths are only a few of hundreds being rehabilitated throughout the Great Artesian Basin conserving this precious natural resources for future generations.

The baths are free and open 22 hours a day and consists of 2 pools, the smaller pool is a few degrees cooler than the big pool. They are used by both locals and visitors. This facility is really well maintained and is amazing that it is free! It can get a bit crowded but you have to expect it to be as it is very much worth a visit.  Even when the temperature is 1 degree outside the water temperature remains at 42 degree and is a stunning place to be to watch the sunrise.   The water is very hot so be mindful of young children.

Pandora Street Lightning Ridge NSW 2834

Phone:(02) 6829 1670

Website: http://www.lightningridgeinfo.com.au

Travel Distance

Lightning Ridge: 1km 2 minutes

Sydney: 720 km 8 hours, 37 minutes

Pilliga Artesian Bore Baths

The health giving waters that flow into the Pilliga Artesian Bore Baths have been doing so for well over a century. This facility is found just east of the village of Pilliga along the Pilliga Road (approximately 56 kilometres from Wee Waa/sealed road).

There is no charge to enter the Bore.

An AUD5.00 fee will apply from 1 February 2015 per site per night for the primitive camp ground which is RV friendly.

Facilities include a toilet block, barbecue, and shelters. A roof covers the pool area and it has lighting for night time bathing. There are also parking areas for caravans and motorhomes.

The water temperature is about 37 degrees Celsius and many people come to bathe in them for therapeutic value.

A very popular recreational activity. You can also call into the Pilliga Pub for a drink or visit the Pilliga Cafe for a beautiful meal.

The baths are exceedingly clean and the water hovers around the high thirty degree mark. A great place to relax and let the therapeutic water work its magic.  There is a genuine feeling in this region about being remote and isolated. The locals however are exceedingly friendly and the pub is great.  The Pilliga scrub is a great place to explore – just ensure that it has not recently rained or you may get stuck.

Pilliga RoadPilliga NSW 2388

Phone:1800 659 931


Travel Distance

Narrabri: 90km 1 hour, 5 minutes

Sydney: 604km 6 hours, 55 minutes


Innot Hot Springs Caravan Park

The hot springs are so nice to soak away the dust and rejuvenate the skin in the hot mineral pools.  The place is a little tired but the current owners are doing improvements. There are 6 pools of different temperatures and if you are staying there you can use the pools 24/7. The pools are all easy to access and have handrails.

The Great Artesian Spa


The Great Artesian Spa is absolutely great location to relax and unwind in. It boasts beautiful hot water pouring out of the earth into the pool that you can walk around in. The Great Artesian Spa invigorates, exfoliates and is most relaxing.   There is also a comparatively cold pool to alternate with and there are change rooms that are clean and suitable for disabled.

The Great Artesian Spa was opened in 1998 and is situated in the town’s aquatic centre. There are two pools of artesian water, one heated and the other designed for those who prefer a cooler experience. Both spa pools have been designed with disabled access in mind and facilities include a chairlift to allow easy access for physically disabled people.

The water used in the spa pools is renewed regularly and comes from the Great Artesian Basin, which is one of the largest artesian basins in the world, which underlies around one-fifth of Australia.  It covers a total area of more than 1,711,000 square kilometres, and has been relied upon for the town water supply since 1927

Eulo Artesian Mud Baths


The artesian mud baths offer a great experience having a mud bath under the stars in a private enclosure. Wine and nibbles are supplied as well as water. The baths are big comfortable and deep enough to get fully submerged. Full body mud pack and drying by an open fire what more would you want.  An extra long tub to fit two, for couples or good friends. Other shared spaces have 3 or 4 separate baths so you can share the mud bathing experience with friends and a complimentary cold beverage and nibbles.

If you pass through Eulo take the time to experience these mud baths. A truly unique experience.

Ilfracombe Spa


Feel the benefits of these therapeutic mineral waters as you soak your travel weary muscles in the Ilfracombe Artesian Spa.  Step on in and immerse yourself in the rejuvenating mineral waters of this artesian spa. These warm waters have been waiting to alleviate your weary muscles, and are believed to contain healing properties.  When you are ready to hop out, why not walk a few steps and do some laps in the cool water of the large swimming pool.


Yowah Bore Baths

Yowah Bore Baths offers a moderately hot bath with the water cooled down by the running the hot water down an automatic mining hoist coupled to a race and waterfalling into the pool. Water from the moderately hot bath is then diverted into the slightly cooler pool. There is a cold shower to cool off in, dressing rooms and toilets with separate disabled access toilet.

Lara Wetlands


Welcome to Lara Wetlands. The land of plenty, spend some time at one of our tranquil shady camping spots surrounded by Wetlands abundant with Bird & Wildlife a photographers joy; enjoy a campfire and star gazing at night, whilst enjoying the sounds of the nightlife

Lara Station is 28 km South of Barcaldine or 78 km North of Blackall on the Landsborough Hwy, look for the Yellow & Black Lara sign, follow the signs for 13 km along a graded dirt road to booking office please sound horn on arrival, Matthew or Jo, will help you find your site.

Absolutely magnificent. Thermal pool to soak in. Free canoes to float through the wetlands. Huge grass sites all around the wetlands with lovely grass sites, campfires provided.


Zebedee Hot Springs

As part of the El Questro Wilderness Park is the great attraction of Zebeedee Springs which is a perfect spot to have a swim. It is about a 15 minute drive from the wilderness Park and well worth the trip. The point to consider is that the Springs is only open to the public from 7am to 12 noon.

If you go there and go on the wrong day you can expect the springs to be crowded and you might not be able to get a parking spot in the parking lot. So the idea is to get there as early as you can. Early there are the tour coaches there. The walk from the car park to the springs is an easy walk but there is some difficulty getting to some of the swimming holes.

The area is an oasis of Livistona Palms which flank the walk along the stream. The first swimming area that you come to are the pools at the bottom of the escarpment.  Here the pools are a reasonable size and easy to swim in. The water is not as hot here as it is further up the escarpment. If you wish to go to the better swimming holes you have to be prepared to do some climbing. The best holes are up near the waterfall. The warmest hole is at the top of the climb on the right hand size as this is where the thermal water flows out. The pool is about the size of a good size spar.


Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs


Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs are a 90-minute drive south of Hobart.

Formed millions of years ago, these great dolomite caves were discovered in 1917 by timber workers. A Parks and Wildlife guide will take you on a 45-minute guided cave tour. You will discover spectacular subterranean formations including flow stone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and the unusual helictites. The cave is spacious and well-lit and there are no narrow passages. There are 500 stairs in total inside the cave, all equipped with handrails.

Opening hours and cave tour times vary throughout the year, so we recommend you check times before arrival. You must arrive at the Hastings Visitor Centre 20 – 30 minutes prior to your tour.

This is where you purchase tickets for cave tours or the thermal springs pool. You can swim in the warm thermal swimming pool, fed by thermal spring water. The pool temperature is a tepid 28 degrees Celsius. The pool is surrounded by forest and ferns with picnic/barbecue areas available. Change rooms, showers and toilets are available near the pool. Souvenirs and light snacks are sold in the Visitor Centre.


Peninsula Hot Springs



Your journey to relaxation starts here. Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot springs and day spa centre in Victoria, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this award-winning coastal oasis, providing the idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Two bathing facilities provide an experience for everyone.

Experience over 20 globally-inspired bathing experiences including a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish steam bath (Hamam), sauna, cold plunge pools, family bathing area, massaging thermal mineral showers and hilltop pool, offering stunning 360 degree views of the region. The perfect social thermal bathing experience for groups of friends and families.


Dalhousie Springs


Dalhousie Springs is a group of over 60 natural artesian springs located in Witjira National Park on the western fringe of the Simpson Desert, 180 kilometres northeast of Oodnadatta in northern South Australia. The water temperatures in the springs range from 38 to 43 degrees Celsius. The water is highly mineralised but drinkable (barely). Dalhousie Springs is a popular starting point for crossing the Simpson Desert eastwards to Birdsville in Queensland (around 600 kilometres).

In 1915, the total flow rate of the Dalhousie Springs complex was over 23,000 litres/second, but drilling had reduced this to 17,360 litres/second by 2000.

There are a number of unique species of fish that live in the waters around Dalhousie Springs, such as the Dalhousie catfish (Neosilurus gloveri), the Dalhousie hardyhead (Craterocephalus dalhousiensis) and the Dalhousie goby (Chlamydogobius gloveri).

The Dalhousie Springs is also part of a series of Dreamtime Stories involving 3 species of fish which only live in the Dalhousie Springs, which consists of 8 active springs with the largest 50 metres long and 10 metres deep.

Paralana Radioactive Hot Springs

Paralana hot springs is simply amazing ~ breathtaking sites and one of the only hot springs in the world heated by radioactive decay in addition to a magmatic heat source. Went there with my dad and had an amazing time. Make sure you bring food, water and a radio in case something goes wrong


Bitter Springs


Bitter Springs has beautiful crystal blue water with lots of interesting sights under the water. Very natural settings and surrounds almost seems untouched. Limited parking for day visitors. Even more limited parking for caravans etc. yes it gets busy but it is quite long so you can find a space away from others if you like but everyone is friendly and it can be nice to chat to others as you drift along. A mask or goggles to see under the water especially for the kids and a pool noodle or seething you can enjoy drifting along with.

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park


The thermal hot springs at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs is this park’s biggest drawcard.

You can experience a natural thermal hot springs treatment or head up or downstream for cooler pools.

The park is on the traditional lands of the Wagiman people and contains sacred sites.

The Wagiman women care for and work with Parks and Wildlife to manage the park and continue to perform ceremonies on the land.

They ask that men do not go near the sacred site.

Do not enter areas of the park closed for cultural and conservation reasons.

Katherine Hot Springs

Riverbank Drive, Katherine South.

The bubbling hot spring has an average temperature of 25-30 degrees celsius.

The main pool has a wheelchair access ramp, stainless steel hand rails and steps formed out of rock.  The water flows from the main pool, over a small waterfall and towards a second small pool.

The area has open grass areas that are shaded by large trees, perfect for a picnic!




2 Replies to “Our Ultimate Thermal Pool Tour Of Australia”

  1. A couple more for your list ..Moree has fantastic hot spring which are located at the Gwydir Caravan park, and allow public access for a small cost. There are also wonderful hot springs at Lorella Springs station.. cheers

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