Hot Springs in NSW: Four of the Best
- 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. NSW is full of gloriously warm hot springs (or thermal pools if we want to get technical!), and they're all open for you to enjoy a hot steam or swim.
Warm, beautiful, relaxing and totally Instagram-worthy, these hot springs destinations are worth putting on the family holiday agenda or a romantic weekend away for two.
Hot Springs in NSW
1. Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool
Hot Springs Drive Time From Sydney: 5 hours, 20 minutes
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 a spring around 1 km below the surface, Yarrangobilly hot springs are mildly mineralised and stay a constant 27oC all year round. The Yarrangobilly hot springs can be accessed from the car park via a short, 700-metre walk. It's steep though, so keep it in mind if you are taking little ones. The hot spring measures about 20-metres long and 2.5-metres deep, and you can also explore bushwalks and enjoy a picnic in the nearby area.
Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool Cost: FREE
2. Blue Mountains Sparadise, Japanese Bath House
Hot Springs Drive Time From Sydney: 2 hours, 20 minutes
The outdoor hot spring at the Japanese Garden and Bathhouse (as well as their indoor spa) is fed from the natural underground hot spring and is infused with a herbal mix for truly therapeutic steam, without diminishing the naturalness of the experience. There are massages, treatments, a teahouse and even accommodation available at Blue Mountains Sparadise, so you can take in beautiful green mountains, breathe in the crisp air and warm your body in the hot springs.
Blue Mountains Sparadise Cost: $80 per person single entry for up to 3 hours use of the bathhouse facilities.
3. Lightning Ridge Bore Baths
Hot Springs Drive Time From Sydney: 8 hours, 40 minutes
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, Lightning Ridge Bore Baths 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.
Lightning Ridge Bore Baths Cost: FREE
4. Burren Junction Bore Baths
Hot Springs Drive Time From Sydney: 7 hours, 10 minutes
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, head to the Burren Junction Bore Baths for a quiet, rural hot springs experience. The Burren Junction Bore Baths are heated to a constant 41.5 degrees and are believed to relieve achy muscles. Camp at the nearby camping grounds for $5 per night per vehicle, take a cool poolside shower if you dare, and enjoy the other amenities at this beautiful family-friendly hot springs. Please note: Burren Junction Bore Baths close for the summer months.
Burren Junction Bore Baths Cost: FREE
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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