The Best Hot Springs To Visit Near Sydney
- All Ages
Although beaches and waterfalls fall to the wayside during Winter, there's still a way you can have some serious aqua fun: by visiting some hot springs. Many of them are quite a drive so we suggest making a weekend out of it!
Warm, beautiful, relaxing and totally Instagram-worthy, these are destinations worth putting on the holiday agenda.
Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool
Found inside the Kosciuszko National Park the Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool is a natural spring-fed pool that gently flows like a waterfall into a children's wading pool. Fed by spring around 1km below the surface, these subterranean waters are mildly mineralised and stay a constant 27oC all year. It can be accessed from the car park via a short, 700m walk. It's steep though, so keep it in mind if you are taking little ones. It measures about 20 metres long and 2.5 metres deep, and you can also explore caves and enjoy a picnic in the nearby area.
Drive: 5 hours, 20 minutes
Blue Mountains Sparadise
The outdoor hot spring at the Japanese Garden and Bathhouse (as well as their indoor spa) is fed from the natural underground spring and is infused with a herbal mix for truly therapeutic steam, without diminishing the natural-ness of the experience. There are massages, treatments, a teahouse and even accommodation available, so you can take in beautiful green mountains, breathe in crisp air and warm your body. Entry is $70 per person.
Drive: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Moree Plains Artesian Pools
Head to the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre for soothing, mineral-rich, constantly flowing, naturally filtered water. They have a number of baths and springs for your enjoyment including a heated children's Hidroplay area, a 50m Olympic pool, a waterslide, fitness centre, wellness centre, and hot artesian pools. It's only $28.50 per family.
Drive: 7 hours, 15 minutes
Lightning Ridge Bore Baths
The water you'll swim in at the Bore Baths comes from the Great Artesian Basin, and is about 2 million years old! Sitting between 40 and 50 degrees Celsius, this is known as one of, if not the top, best hot springs in New South Wales, and gives you that truly warm, steam-rising-from-the-pools-surface experience. It's free entry, so families are encouraged to make use of one of our Earth's natural beauties.
Drive: 8 hours, 40 minutes
Burren Junction Bore Baths
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, head to these Bore Baths for a quiet, rural hot springs experience. They are heated to a constant 41.5 degrees and are believed to relieve achy muscles. Camp at the free camping grounds nearby, take a cool poolside shower if you dare, and enjoy the other amenities at this beautiful, popular meeting spot for locals.
Drive: 7 hours, 10 minutes
If you think Victoria is the place to go for hot springs (well, you wouldn't be wrong) check out our guide to the Best Hot Springs to Visit Near Melbourne.
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