Innot Hot Springs - North West Queensland's Best Kept Secret

Innot Hot Springs – North West Queensland’s Best Kept Secret (2023)

This post was updated on: January 1, 2023

Innot Hot Springs is a hidden gem located in North West Queensland. The natural springs are in a secluded spot, making it the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The natural surroundings and clear waters make Innot Hot Springs a must-visit location for all outdoors people.

Key Points

  • Innot Hot Springs is a hidden gem located in North West Queensland.
  • The natural springs are in a secluded spot, making it the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
  • The natural surroundings and clear waters make Innot Hot Springs a must-visit location for all outdoors people.
  • Getting There: Innot Hot Springs are located in North West Queensland, just 2 hrs southwest of Cairns. You will arrive just outside Innot Hot Springs Leisure and Camping Park on the Kennedy Highway and will need to walk down to under the bridge or upstream slightly.
  • What to Expect at the Innot Hot Springs? When you come to Innot Hot Springs, you can expect to find a relaxed atmosphere with natural springs that provide an opportunity to unwind, rejuvenate, and heal as well as plenty of opportunities for exploration in the surrounding area

Getting There

Innot Hot Springs are located in North West Queensland, just 2 hrs southwest of Cairns. You will arrive just outside Innot Hot Springs Leisure and Camping Park on the Kennedy highway and will need to walk down to under the bridge or upstream slightly.

What to Expect at Innot Hot Springs

When you come to Innot Hot Springs, you can expect to find a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The natural springs provide the perfect opportunity to unwind and relax, while the surrounding area offers plenty of opportunities for exploration. You do not need to pay to visit the natural springs, it is completely free.

The hot spring water can be up to 75°C in some sections (be careful, it can really burn your skin) and has rejuvenating and healing properties. But be warned, If you get too close and your feet sink into the sand, it will burn. Be careful if you have kids around and wear shoes as much as you can.

When we arrived on a cold winter morning, there was only one other person enjoying his own little pool and plently of water flowing. Many holes were already dug out, but we needed to dig a channel to allow more water in. The water that flows from the river is cold so you dig your own little hole, let some cold water in and the temperature of your pool will be just perfect.

Even though it was cold outside, it became very relaxing once we were in the water.

Dani in the water at Innot hot springs qld

What to Bring

When packing for a trip to the hot springs, there are a few essential items to bring. First, always remember to pack your swimmers. You’ll want to be able to enjoy the warm water without having to worry about getting your clothes wet.

Don’t forget to pack a towel. A towel will come in handy for drying off after a dip in the hot spring.

We also strongly recommend taking a small shovel. It helps a lot as the water in the hole will be too hot for you to use your hands to dig. You can dig a channel with the shovel to allow the hot water to flow out or cold water to flow in.


When to Go

It really depends on your preference. The water is hot all year-round. However, it could be too hot for some people during Summer.

The water levels will change depending on how much rain there has been.

We believe the best time to visit would be Spring or Autumn. We went during winter and it was freezing to get in, but it got better once we had dug our pool.


Innot Hot Springs Caravan Park

Tucked away in the rainforest of Far North Queensland, Innot Hot Springs Caravan Park is a hidden gem that is perfect for those who love adventure. With its natural hot springs, hiking trails, and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, there is no shortage of things to do at Innot Hot Springs.

Innot Hot Springs leisure park features are:

  • Powered sites
  • Unpowered camping sites
  • Cabins
  • Pools
  • Spa access

The Natural Hot Springs

Innot Hot Springs Leisure Park is home to two natural hot springs, which are heated naturally underground. The hot springs are open 24 hours a day so you can enjoy them anytime or at night. Cold and hot showers are also available at the caravan park if you want to cool off after a soak in the hot springs.

The Hiking Trails

If you love hiking, you will be in heaven at Innot Hot Springs Caravan Park. There are numerous hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels, so there is something for everyone. Make sure to bring your camera, as there are plenty of opportunities to take stunning photos of the rainforest scenery.

The Great Barrier Reef

One of the best things about Innot Hot Springs Caravan Park is its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. You can easily drive or take a bus to the reef, where you can snorkel or scuba dive among the colourful fish and corals. There is also an underwater observatory where you can get a close-up look at the reef without getting wet.


Can you swim in Innot Hot Springs?

Yes, Innot Hot Springs is an opportunity to swim in some natural hot springs without the crowds; however, be careful as some sections can be too hot and could burn your skin.

Alternatively, you can choose to swim at the indoor swimming hot pools. With seven distinct swimming pools, there’s guaranteed to be a temperature perfect for you.


What makes Innot Hot Springs?

Innot Hot Springs are a result of meteoric water circulating through fluorite-bearing granitic rocks and are the surface expression of a low-temperature, non-volcanic geothermal system. (1)

The native people tell stories from the Dreamtimes of the Innot Hot Springs. They believe the waters were created by a giant turtle carrying hot stones out of the sea to cool the waters.