Innot Hot Springs

Innot Hot Springs are natural mineral springs found in Nettle Creek that runs under the highway between Ravenshoe and Mount Garnet about 160kms by road south west of Cairns and on the way to the Undara Lava Tubes. If you blink, you may miss it as its not well posted and to experience the hot springs is quite unique. There is a strong smell of sulphur in the air, the temperature can alter dramatically in just a few meters and can be hotter than 75C. On one side of the creek is a the Innot Springs Pub and on the other is a Leisure Park with six thermal pools of different temperatures but when I visit, I simply dig a hole in the sand of the creek bed where the temperature is desirable and make myself comfortable.

Many have been aware of the springs for years and at one stage the water was bottled at Townsville in the Innot Cordial Factory and exported to Europe. As one would expect, the springs have stories of healing properties and weather this be true or not, to sit in its naturally heated water is very soothing to both body and mind.

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About Gary Bondeson

Gary has been directly involved in tourism in Far North Queensland since the 1990’s. His passion for the area was inspired by the rich history and many points of interest concentrated in the region and felt a strong desire to share this with others. Gary is heavily involved with tourism development and even co-hosted an episode of the popular travel show 'The Great Outdoors’ with Tom Williams showing the limestone caves of Chillagoe located 200kms west of Cairns. After being away for 5 years, Gary has now returned to the area that he holds so dear to his heart to share his knowledge and experience with those who wish to have a Fair Dinkum Ozzy experience.

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