NSW is blessed with its fair share of magical hot springs and thermal baths. And now is the perfect time for a trip out of town because if you’re anywhere near Sydney, you know it’s abnormally frosty. If you want to embrace the weather rather than escape it, we recommend the historic Lightning Ridge Bore Baths, one of NSW’s most unique swimming spots surrounded by native bushland and vibrant blue waters. Plus, entry is completely free and they’re open 24 hours a day so you can enjoy a cosy dip any time of the day or night.
Lightning Ridge Bore Baths
You’ll find this serene spot in outback NSW, just outside the opal mining town of Lightning Ridge which is famous for being one of the few places in the world where you can find black opals.
The water found in the circular Bore Baths at Lightning Ridge comes from the Great Artesian Basin and is approximately two million years old. The water is maintained at a blissful temperature of between 40 to 50 degrees Celsius and is said to have therapeutic qualities thanks to its natural healing minerals and salts. If you’re looking to properly disconnect from the urban scene, and we don’t just mean logging off from your social media accounts, this remote thermal pool is the place to go with no sign of civilisation for miles.
Visitors will find a number of amenities on-site including toilets, showers and poolside showers plus food and retail outlets just a short drive away for all your refreshment needs. Head here to start planning your trip.