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Berry Springs
near Darwin, Northern Territory


 
Berry Springs is a series of natural deep pools that are fed by a large underground spring. The water from the spring is warm, but not hot, so it is still refreshing on a typical day in the tropics. The source of the spring is protected, but the outlet into the pool cascades over a half metre rock shelf that you can immerse yourself in for a fantastic shoulder massage. Swimming at Berry Springs Above: Relaxing under the warm waterfall at Berry Springs (Order this image)

From the spring you can drift or dog paddle through to the main pool via a shallow connecting channel and then on to the lower pool in the same manner. Both the main and lower pools are similar in nature, providing a wide swimming area around 20 metres across, surrounded by jungle on each side. There are large concrete entry steps to leave your towel poolside. The water is crystal clear and maintains a turquoise hue in full sunlight. The pool depth is up to several metres.

The springs are only 45 minutes from Darwin, which makes them extremely popular. I was there at 8.30 am in the morning, which is probably a good time to visit because there were only a handful of others sharing the pools with me. If you do not have a car, there are tour buses from Darwin.

Here is a video of swimming at Berry Springs, both at the spring source and in the two pools downstream.

Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Berry Springs Nature Park, Cox Peninsula Road, Berry Springs, 60 km (approx. 45 mins drive) south-east of the Darwin city centre
Latitude:-12.702638 Longitude:130.997727
Getting there: From Darwin take the Stuart Hwy southwards and turn off at the signs to Berry Springs. The nature park is on the right hand side.
Facilities: Toilets, electric bbqs, tables, lawns, parking, kiosk, nature walk, fire pits, drinking water
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Warm
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Concrete entry steps, rock and gravel bottom
Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Minimum suggested swimming proficiency: Beginners in the shallower areas, experienced in the deeper sections of the main pools
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No swimming during the wet season, no pets, no nets, no traps, no firearms, no fishing, no camping.
Sun shade: Shade available out of the water, partial shade in the water depending on time of day
Opening times: 8 am to 6.30 pm. The kiosk is open 11 am to 5.30 pm.
Wheelchair access: The grounds are wheelchair accessible including one toilet. There is a poolside platform at the lower end of the main pool that is wheelchair accessible, but you may need assistance getting in and out of the water, which has a ladder entry. Other entry points to the springs and pools have giant steps.
Accommodation Options: There is no camping at Berry Springs. If you are staying overnight in the area you can try accommodation near this swimming hole
Managing authority: NT Parks and Wildlife Service
Nearby attractions: The Territory Wildlife Park, 500 metres down the road
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the main pool at the springs.
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