7 coolest swimming holes in Western Australia

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AUSTRALIA is known for having some of the best beaches in the world, including Bondi Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Nudey Beach, and Quobba – Red Bluff Beach.

Most of the major cities are settled on the coast and beaches can often be reached within an hour’s drive. However, if you find yourself a little more inland or want to discover an unusual aqua experience without the risk of encountering dangerous sea dwelling marine life, why not try a swimming hole?

Swimming holes vary from freshwater lakes and disused quarries and dams to shallow rock-pool style ocean inlets.

Some are surrounded by dense forest and incredible wildlife while others border hundreds of miles of arid desert.

Here’s a selection of Western Australia’s best swimming holes.

Serpentine Falls

Just a one-hour drive south of Perth city center is one of nature’s best slip and slides. The 50-meter-high granite waterfall makes for a great slide into the water below.

Some daredevils have also been known to jump off the top of the surrounding cliffs but if you’re caught doing so by a ranger, you can expect a stern telling off.

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During summer, this pool is filled with swimmers and the surrounding grassland is often filled with picnic hampers and sunbathers.

By winter, the pool is an ideal place to learn how to sail small boats.

If you’re not fond of the water, there’s plenty of nature trails to explore including Baldwin’s Bluff Nature Track and Kitty’s Gorge Walk Track, both offering spectacular views.

  • Address: Serpentine National Park, 100 Falls Rd, Serpentine, Western Australia.
  • Entry fee: Free.

Rocky Pool

This small oasis is a welcome respite among miles of bush walks.

As it’s only accessible by walking, it’s very rarely crowded and there are no developments around it, making it one of the most serene mentions on this list.

  • Address: Bibbulmun Track, Piesse Brook, Western Australia.
  • Entry fee: Free.

Honeymoon Pool

This pool is surrounded with thick, lush bushland and has a mystifying twinkle about it.

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The enchanting pool is part of the Collie River and offers visitors a glimpse of Australian wildlife including kookaburras. But swimmers needn’t worry about the animals that lurk beneath the surface because the water is stunningly clear.

  • Address: Wellington National Park, River Rd, Worsley, Western Australia
  • Entry fee: Free

The Basin

Located on Rottnest Island just off the coast of Perth is The Basin.

It’s essentially a beach, opposed to an enclosed swimming hole but the shallow, clear, and virtually still waters make it a great place for the whole family to relax.

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The Basin also provides lots to see for snorkellers, including coral reefs, fish and the occasional harmless baby reef sharks.

  • Address: Cockburn, Rottnest Island, Western Australia.
  • Entry fee: Ferry tickets to the island vary from US$36 to US$75, including the island admission fee.

Little Lagoon

This naturally-formed pool offers some of the clearest waters in all of Australia and is surrounded by vast desert.

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An eight-hour drive from Perth makes it one of the less explored swimming holes in the country, but it’s totally worth a visit if you’ve got a spare few days.

  • Address: 80 Monkey Mia Road, Denham, Western Australia.
  • Entry Fee: Free.

Zebedee Springs

Located amongst 700,000 acres of lush forest is Zebedee Springs in El Questro, Kimberly, right at the very top of Western Australia.

This area has a reputation for being vastly unexplored but thankfully, some keen explorers did stumble upon the springs here and now all who visit can enjoy them.

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Zebedee Springs are naturally heated pools, located at the base of the steep cliffs.

  • Address: 75 Coolibah Dr, Kunanurra, Western Australia.
  • Entry fee: Free.

Black Diamond Lake

Another swimming hole not too far from Perth city center is Black Diamond Lake.

The huge, turquoise blue lake has room enough for swimmers, kayakers, and lilo-layers all at once, without bumping into each other.

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The elevated rocks at the south end of the lake make for a good place to jump into the lake. Just be careful of overgrown trees below that could block your entry.

  • Address: Ferguson Road, Allanson, Western Australia.
  • Entry fee: Free.

North Dandalup Dam

Just a 25-minute drive from Serpentine Falls is North Dandalup Dam. The dam is disused and now open to the public for leisure activities.

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The current-less pool offers calm waters perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, and dinghy sailing.

  • Address: Off Scrap Rd, Whittaker, Western Australia.
  • Entry fee: Free.