Innot Hot Springs, previously known as hot waters of Nettle Creek, is located between Ravenshoe and Mt Garnet, Queensland in the Atherton Tablelands area on the Kennedy Highway. Innot Hot Springs are natural mineral springs that flow into the creek and downstream. The hot mineral waters flow up into Nettle Creek, which flows through the town. If you wonder where the hot water originates from, go for a walk along the back of the local houses, then you can find where the hot water comes out and mixes with the cool creek water.
The hot springs were first discovered by Europeans in the early 1870s but it seems the springs were ignored until rediscovered in 1885. The Europeans learned from the local Aboriginal people that the springs had healing properties. The mineral springs were widely believed to have therapeutic benefits obtained through bathing in the water and drinking the water. The water was even bottled and shipped to Europe a hundred years ago.
Even though the springs aren't very deep (this is due to mining further upstream in the past, which has washed sand, filling it up) it still a nice place to bathe and relax. Despite the hot springs mineral water having healing and rejuvenating properties, please be careful as sections of the creek are really hot. It was not called hot springs by accident. You can see steam came from the water. In some parts, the water can be close to a boiling point and can seriously burn your skin. If you wish to bathe here, use the pools near the Hot Springs Village or ask advice from locals on where cooler water is.
We met a local Indigenous man while we were there. He frequently comes to this place to soak himself. He said he bathes here once a week, which is enough as the minerals dry out your skin. According to the Mamu people legend story, the springs were created in the Dreamtime when a large maritime turtle had a hot stone put in her stomach. It came to this spot, to warm the waters.
Before you plunge yourself into the hot springs, the are some information boards near the parking space where you can learn more about the history of Innot Hot Springs. Innot Hot Springs is also a great base for gem fossicking, fishing, and bird-watching. So before you're heading to Innot Hot Springs, please pack all gear that you will need for an all in one spot of a great adventure.