Escape to these Ultimate Outdoor Swimming Holes in Tasmania

Grab your friends for an adventure you won’t forget

Lake at Cradle Mountain
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The sun is out, so it’s time to explore Tassie’s best outdoor pools and swimming holes. Check out our list of favourite swimming spots below. 

Cataract Gorge

This incredible natural phenomenon is a short 15 minute walk from downtown Launceston and is a local-favourite. You can take a dip in the stunning South Esk river, which is flanked by hills on either side, or in the chlorinated swimming pool to the side of the gorge. At Cataract Gorge you’ll also find stunning walking trails, amazing gardens and the world’s longest single span chairlift! We promise that once you arrive you won’t want to leave. 

The scenic Cataract Gorge with pool in Launceston
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Lake St Clair

Set against a remarkable backdrop of Australian bush and snow-capped peaks, this is by far one of Tasmania’s most scenic spots for a dip. The lake forms part of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in the central highlands of Tasmania and is known for being Australia’s deepest lake. Like anywhere in Tassie, the water can be quite cool so be prepared! 

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Aspley Swimming Hole

Located in the Douglas-Aspley National Park, roughly three hours north-east of Hobart, the Aspley Waterhole is a perfect spot to cool off after a long day of hiking through stunning river gorges and past waterfalls.  Alternatively you could just park at the Rosedale Road car park and walk for ten minutes until you arrive at this perfect swimming hole with crystal clear water.  

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Hastings Thermal Springs

This famous Tasmanian hot spring, set in a unique bush setting, is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The pool holds a year-round balmy temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, which feels extra magical as the temperatures outside begin to drop. While you’re there we recommend you wander through Hastings Caves, which has some pretty spectacular formations, or walk one of the local tracks in the hope of spotting a platypus!

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Longley Waterhole

This waist deep, aquamarine waterhole is tucked away in the Longley Reserve, past the day use area and towards the end of the road. Kick back and relax on the rocks surrounding the Longley Waterhole, before taking a dip to cool off. 

What do you wear when you visit Tasmania’s best swimming holes?

Without wanting to sound too obvious, you’ll want to be wearing a swimsuit so you can jump on in to these incredible swimming holes as soon as you arrive! For some uniquely Australian swimwear designs you can’t go past Billabong, Seafolly or the high end fashion line Camilla. If you’re keen to look the part of a more serious swimmer then the iconic Australian brand Speedo is your way to go.


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