Yes, you can swim in the Northern Territory. Despite what popular culture might tell you (Crocodile Dundee, we mean you), the Top End is full of beautiful waterholes, waterfalls, gorges, springs and pools that are safe to swim in. Yes, you do need to be careful to check signs and warnings, but use this Listopedia to cool off in some of the world’s coolest places.

Buley Rockhole, Litchfield National Park – slip and slide

Nature’s very own slip and slide awaits at this famous rockhole. Located inside Litchfield National Park, an hour and a half’s drive from Darwin, the rockhole is made up of a series of small cascading waterfalls that flow down the rock face into bigger pools of clear water. Start up high and slide your way down the gentle slope, just don’t wear your favourite white swimming costume. Locals head down on weekends with picnics, cooling their drinks in the falls, where the water gives you a nice free back massage, before finding shade among the trees lining the water. The rockhole is one of the most easily accessible waterholes in Litchfield, with a car park just a hundred metres away.