SWIMMING IN LORELLA

As the name suggests, Lorella Springs was originally named because of its many beautiful natural water sources – with countless springs that bubble up from the ground, including some hot water springs.

If you are looking for something a little more challenging than soaking in hot water, how about some waterfalls, rock pools or plunge pools, gorges, lakes, billabongs, creeks or swamps? There is literally water everywhere at Lorella!

There are possibly more safe swimming holes here than across most parts of the Top End of Australia. However, don’t think you can swim in all of them, especially rivers and in the sea along the Gulf coast or you might soon realise that you are sharing the water with the local wildlife… because yes, salt water crocodiles and sharks do inhabit this region of the world!

Therefore, it is very important that you pay attention to which of our Lorella water places are safe for swimming and that you DO NOT enter water that you are unsure of or have not been told are safe.

MAGICAL HOT SPRING

Magical-Spring01The first stop is on the campground itself!

Huddled at the base of the Tawallah Range is the beautiful natural, crystal clear, hot thermal spring, bubbling and pushing its way out from underground, cascading thousands of litres of water from this pretty Pandanus lined rock hole in the gap of the ranges and flowing straight through our picturesque campground.

TRISTAN POOL

Tristan's Pool_03This is a close by (just 7 KM from homestead) beautiful safe swimming hole part of the Crocodile Spring Loop. 100 m from the parking.

WILDFIRE GORGE

Just a little further than Tristan Pool, you will find this beautiful pristine clear waterhole. It is a perfect place for drive during a warm day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMERALD POOL

This waterhole invite for a paddle! The is water is clear and fresh with a lovely sandy bottom throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

FOSSIL FERN

This is for geology and rock formation enthusiast! Chemical weathering has created beautiful fern patterns on the surrounding cliffs.

 

 

 

 

 

TAWALLAH POOL

This is a 600 m walk upstream following the dry stream bed. If you are fit, keen and adventurous, this is a must. Keep your eyes open for the large caves on the side of the mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INKSPOT POOL

inkspot-poolBeautiful clear pool water, hidden under a rocky outcrop. Climb down the ledge to feel the water or take a plunge. A must see for even a short stay.

THE WATERSLIDE

500 metre-walk. The kids will love it! Especially those of us that are big kids at heart. A natural flat rock water slide, a deep fresh water rock pool with a wonderful scenic lookout, offers something for everyone!

INDIANA FALLS

Indiana-Falls2Another 500 metre-walk upstream from the waterslide. Follow the creek that flows into the waterslide and you will find these lovely stepped waterfalls. The flow rate varies incredibly on the time of the season!

VALLEY OF THE SPRINGS

Follow along the escarpment to discover incredible rock formations, hot and cold water springs.

 

 

 

 

 

NANNY’S RETREAT

From Lorella’s homestead: 1 hour- 40 km.
Only newly accessible, this is People’s Choice #1 from last year’s feedback surveys!
You will start with a one-kilometre walk through pristine bush land, passing by caves full of butterflies, a little bit of aboriginal paintings, and many rock formations like no-where else on Lorella. Keep an eye out for the wildlife too including some exotic-looking birds, and from experts’ advice, some very rare ant species never discovered before! The walk will feel longer than 1 km but it will be very worth your while as you discover Nanny’s Retreat and its tall narrow meandering sandstone gorge,
This year we have opened another two swimming places in the same area – LE SPA and FERN GULLY, so make sure you have a whole day to explore this magnificent part of Lorella.

Suggestion: Take a picnic and spend the day swimming at Nanny’s Retreat, then head further up the Yiyinti track and relax to the sound of the flowing water at your private remote camping spot by Sloshy Spring. The next morning, make the most of the morning light at LE SPA for another swim and a short walk before enjoying the sunlight right through the deep water hole at to FERN GULLY.

HELICOPTER POOL

Huddled at the base of the Tawallah Range is the beautiful natural, crystal clear, hot thermal spring, bubbling and pushing its way out from underground, cascading thousands of litres of water from this pretty Pandanus lined rock hole in the gap of the ranges and flowing straight through our picturesque campground.

HIDDEN POOLS

Park your vehicle over the cliffs of the sunken rock basin and make your way to its beautiful rock swimming pools and falls.

TEARDROP FALLS

Hidden behind huge mountains is the secret and truly unforgettable falls of Lorella. This journey is well worth the effort and the scenery surrounding. Awe inspiring views.

 

 

 

 

 

HANGING GARDENS

This is a new spot waiting to welcome tourists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUDIE HOT SPRING

This is another hot pool on the station. When the water comes out of the the spring it is about 50 degrees Celsius (hot!) but it cools down enough to swim in when it reaches the actual pool. Surrounded by shady trees and Pandanus Palms gives it a tropical touch all year long. A good stopping point to or from the coast.

CASCADES

A great stopover point on the way to the coast, to camp or just to relax. Put your car into low range and crawl through scenic rock falls. Another 100 metres upstream is Spot X. “Where did you catch that Barra?!”…

ALASKA POOL

This pool was discovered by accident while going towards the secret fishing spot. A great spot to swim and refresh before heading to the coast.

 

 

 

 

 

TAWALLAH POOL

This is a kilometre-walk upstream, following the dry stream bed. If you’re fit, keen and adventurous, this is a must. Keep your eyes open for the large caves on the side of the mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LE SPA

swimming3One of our newest additions- Le Spa is a great swimming water hole alongside Nanny’s Retreat and others.

 

 

 

 

FERN GULLY

Fern Gully is 600 m hike from the car park of Le Spa.Fern Gully Pools This pristine clear waterhole was  open just last year.

 

 

 

 

 

CATTLE YARD HOT SPRING

Certain times of the year the cattle yards will be off limits while mustering. These hot springs are HOT, with a lovely private bush camp. Massive flocks or red tailed black Cockatoos inhabit this area at certain time of the year.