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Three Natural Hot Springs in NSW to Visit This Winter

Brave the cold for a dip in one of these naturally occurring bush beauties.
By Yelena Bidé
June 06, 2017
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Three Natural Hot Springs in NSW to Visit This Winter

Brave the cold for a dip in one of these naturally occurring bush beauties.
By Yelena Bidé
June 06, 2017
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Winter is finally upon us, putting a tragic end to beach weekends and other warm weather delights. But don't let the plunging temperatures confine you to trackies and trashy TV. One of the best ways to banish the winter blues? A leisurely soak in one of NSW's incredible hot springs. Scattered across the state, most of these natural pools are sourced from the Great Artesian basin — a massive underground supply of freshwater — and are renowned for their many health benefits, like melting away that muscle tension.

So grab your swimmers, a fluffy towel, and a thermos and get your body into one of these natural delights. You'll be loving winter in no time.

YARRANGOBILLY CAVES THERMAL POOL

It's not hard to see why this thermal pool in the Kosciuszko National Park is a local favourite. Quiet and secluded, with heaps to explore in the surroundings, it's the perfect destination for a crisp winter day. Filled with water from a natural hot spring, the 20-metre pool remains at a perfect 27 degrees all year-round. Get there via a short (but steep!) 700-metre walk from the nearby car park, or wind your way along the three-kilometre River Walk. If the temps aren't too frosty, have a post-swim feed in the adjacent picnic area before exploring the surrounding caves.

Snowy Mountains Highway, Kosciuszko National Park, Tumut. 

LIGHTNING RIDGE HOT BORE BATHS

Located just outside the opal-mining town of Lightning Ridge, these delightful baths are surrounded by remote bushland and gloriously removed from all signs of civilisation. Open 24 hours a day, you can soak in the hot waters at sunrise, sunset, or any other time your little heart desires. Night swims are particularly recommended as you can float in the 40-degree water while taking in the stunning expanse of the starry rural sky. A popular meeting place for Lightning Ridge residents, the baths are also a great place to get a feel for local life. Best of all? Entry to the baths is totally free.

Pandora Street, Lightning Ridge.

BURREN JUNCTION BORE BATHS

Want to extend your hot spring adventure into a relaxing weekend (or week) away? Pack a tent and head for the Burren Junction bore baths and campground. Camping is free, and there are BBQ facilities, filtered water and electricity available. Spend your days soaking in the circular pool's 41.5-degree waters and, once you've melted away the week's tensions, head into town for a beer and a meal at the bustling Junction City Hotel for a taste of country town life.

While you're in the area, you may as well visit another natural bore bath in Pilliga. A half-hour drive from Burren Junction, here you can pitch your tent in the camping ground for $5 a night and, although the facilities are very basic, it's well worth it for proximity to the lovely baths. Recent upgrades have added a roof over the pool area, lighting for night bathing and a BBQ and picnic area. If you'd rather rest your newly rejuvenated bod in a proper bed, book into the Pilliga Pub, three kilometres away from the baths.

Kamilaroi Highway, Burren Junction.

Top image: Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool.

Published on June 06, 2017 by Yelena Bidé

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