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Your guide to the best swimming holes
Welcome to Swimming Hole Heaven. As a hydrologist and swimming enthusiast I have travelled the world searching for the best swimming spots. This quest began with the guide to Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria in my home State in Australia, which was first published in 2004. It is slowly expanding and now includes swimming holes throughout the world.
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Click on each country below to find your next swimming trip or holiday destination, or alternatively search by map. Swim safe, have fun and remember that no matter how cold the water is, it's alright once you're in! This is my compilation of dozens of swimming holes in Australia. It is primarily focussed on south east Australia (Victoria and New South Wales), but also includes several world class swimming holes in the Northern Territory. If you are heading downunder in summer, you will want to bookmark these spots… Fiji is well known for its beaches and coral islands, but its lesser known inland swimming holes offer some unique experiences that will add variety to your swimming holiday. Here are two freshwater swimming spots on the main island, including a hot spring and a waterfall near Nadi… New Zealand offers some spectacular summer swims, as well as several hot springs for swimming in the outdoors all year round. It is one of the few places in the world with a myriad of pristine streams with excellent water quality for swimming…

Each swimming spot includes a link to swimming safety information. Please make sure you read that information before you head out, particularly if you are an inexperienced swimmer.

I'm always interested in hearing about and visiting new swimming holes around the world, so feel free to share them with me and suggest a swim.
My companion website Waterfall Seasons - The Waterfall Guide lists all of the waterfalls that I have visited during my search for swimming holes. You can swim at some of them, but most are just for viewing and admiring. Great for a day trip when it's too chilly to get into the water or you just want to stay dry. My companion website Ankle Deep Water lists shallow water play areas that I have come across during my search for swimming holes. These are for splashing rather than swimming and most are suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers (under supervision), so they can be a great option if you have a young family.

© Brad Neal 2017. All rights reserved. This work is not to be sampled, copied, modified, adapted or reused for commercial purposes without the written consent of the author.