Relax and unwind as we discover the top hot springs and thermal pools around New South Wales!

There’s no denying that New South Wales is home to some remarkable things. From beautiful beaches to magnificent waterfalls and even a selection of spectacular scenic hikes. But, amongst these gems that make New South Wales so vibrant, picturesque and unique, there’s a handful of hot springs that promise ultimate rejuvenation and relaxation.

So whether you’re seeking a therapeutic escape, a romantic getaway or simply just some travel inspiration, we invite you to discover our guide to the best natural hot springs in New South Wales.

What are you waiting for? Let’s dive straight in!


Burren Junction Bore Baths

Located under a two-hour drive south-east of Lightning Ridge, Burren Junction Bore Baths is best described as a haven tucked conveniently onto the side of the highway. The baths, open 24 hours a day, are a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Its artesian water, naturally sourced from the flowing springs of the nearby bore mountains, reaches the site of the Burren Junction Bore Baths and maintains a constant temperature of 36 degrees Celsius. Containing reputed therapeutic qualities that relieve aching muscles, Burren Junction Bore Baths is also home to a powered campsite so you can make the most of your visit!

Burren Junction Bore Baths | Burren Junction, NSW 2386


Japanese Bath House

If you’re looking for an indulgent hot spring in New South Wales, over a two-hour drive out of Sydney’s CBD will land you at South Bowenfels famous Japanese Bath House. With an indoor and outdoor onsen, Japanese Bath House specialises in a variety of treatments to help you truly unwind and relax. For your visit we recommend the Renewal which includes a 60-minute Asian blend massage as well as three-hour access to the bath house.

Japanese Bath House | 259 Sir Thomas Mitchell Dr, South Bowenfels, NSW 2790


Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool. Photographed by Trevor King. Image via Destination NSW.

Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool. Photographed by Trevor King. Image via Destination NSW.

Lightning Ridge Bore Baths

Lightning Ridge, more famously known for its opal mines, also boasts the unique Lightning Ridge Bore Baths. Open 24/7, these bore baths draw water from a depth of almost a kilometre below the earth’s surface, emerging at a temperature of around 40 degrees Celsius. The baths provide a rustic and authentic experience, allowing visitors to soak in the mineral-laden waters in the heart of the outback. One of the best natural hot springs in New South Wales, we recommend visiting at night so you can be swept away by the star-studded sky.

Lightning Ridge Bore Baths | Pandora St, Lightning Ridge, NSW 2834


Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool

Located in the Snowy Mountains, the Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool is a must-visit destination. This naturally heated pool maintains a soothing temperature of 27 degrees Celsius year-round, making it perfect for a dip regardless of the season. Surrounded by lush forest and with views of the limestone cliffs, the natural hot spring provides a serene and picturesque setting. After soaking in the warm waters, explore the nearby Yarrangobilly Caves and one of the many hiking trails for an adventurous twist to your relaxation.

Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool | Thermal Pool Walk, Yarrangobilly, NSW 2720

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Feature image: Lightning Ridge Bore Baths. Photographed by Daniel Tran. Image via Destination NSW.