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  • Inspiration: Gunlom Plunge Pool, Jabiru, Northern Territory, Australia

    When searching for inspiration for your own pool project it is quite easy to roll from one suburban pool design idea to the next. Sometimes though, it can be to your benefit to broaden your horizons and take inspiration from the mother of all inspiration; Mother Nature. Let’s face it, many of man’s greatest designs have been inspired by nature and basing your pool design around some of the great natural pools of the world can only be a good thing.

    Nature’s Designs

    One of the great natural pools on the planet is the Gunlom Plunge Pool in Jabiru, Northern Territory. This hidden gem is located on Waterfall Creek in the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Waterfall Creek is a major tributary of the Upper South Alligator River and is the only large tropical river system in the world to be entirely protected within a national park.

    Gunlom Plunge Pool
    Gunlom Plunge Pool

    The View

    Gunlom is a sight to behold, offering a magical combination of serene plunge pool and seasonal waterfall. Shady gums offer respite from the heat above the picnic areas. The view from the top of Gunlom is truly breathtaking, with many visitors describing it as ‘the ultimate infinity pool’. Sweeping vistas offer you the choice of three habitats of the southern hills and ridges of the park – stone country, woodland and riverine areas. If you are not inclined to make the short, but steep trek to the top of Gunlom you could always enjoy the leisurely stroll along the walking track to the main pool below the magnificent waterfall. The plunge pool is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing dip after walking in the heat and it also has the added bonus of being crocodile-free as they cannot climb that high! (Although to be on the safe side I’d recommend observing all posted signs and asking local rangers for advice.) Australian Traveller voted Gunlom’s pools within Australia’s Top 100 best views and Hooroo recently voted Gunlom as a finalist in the category of ‘Australia’s Top Secret Spots’.

    Gunlom Waterfall
    Gunlom Waterfall

    How Gunlom Plunge Pool can inspire your pool design

    Like any great natural design there are always elements of it that you can utilize in a domestic pool setting. Gunlom plunge pool is a perfect design if you have a tiered or sloping block. Imagine an upper level plunge pool accessible by a landscaped bush path where you can have a leisurely drink under the shade of palm trees. Here you can stare out over your property at the sculpted waterfall that gently splashes into the swimming lagoon below. The team at Albatross can help advise you on suitable landscaping to really bring the natural feel of a magical place like Gunlom to your home. Correct placement of natural stone and lush greenery will emphasise the isolated pool setting and make you a holiday escape metres from your home. If you are inspired to design a natural pool setting at your property, or just want to get some free advice, feel free to call the team here at Albatross Pools. Why not check out our previous blog posts on natural pool design inspiration such as Wufengchi Waterfall, Aruba’s Natural Pool, Malta’s Blue Lagoon and the Lava Pool in Madeira, Portugal. For ideas a little closer to home, check out our pool gallery!

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