An easy 240 kilometres drive east of Darwin – you will reach Kakadu National Park (Australia’s largest terrestrial national park). This area covers over 20,000 square kilometres extending from the northern coast through wetlands and flood plains to the southern rocky ridges and stone country. This national park is home to more than one-third of Australia's bird and fish species.
Start your drive along Stuart Highway until you reach the Arnhem Highway turnoff. Turn left and continue on the Arnhem Highway and drive for another 216 km to Kakadu.
1. Jim Jim Falls
Photo by Giselleai / CCO BY
This is a must see for all visitors to Kakadu National Park. Best time to visit is around May and June where you will find the falls raging with water and cascades more than 200m off the edge of the escarpment. Access to Jim Jim Fall is via an unsealed road (open for 4WD access only).
The 900 metre walk to Jim Jim Fall through a monsoon forest to arrive at a deep plunge pool is certainly is a sight to behold. You can swim and relax in the Jim Jim pools. It is well worth the effort to see the red ochre escarpment and gushing torrents of water surrounded by spectacular 200 metre high cliffs.
2. Twin Falls
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Access to Twin Fall is off the Kakadu Highway along a four wheel drive only road and drive across the Jim Jim Creek. Along the way you will find white posts markings to guide you across the creek – remember to check the creek water level before crossing. Swimming is not allowed at Twin Falls but you will find the Twin Falls cascading into a pool with sandy beach - a stunning vista.
Note: Both Jim Jim and Twin Falls are not accessible during the Wet Season especially after the first big rains.
3. Nourlangie Rock
Photo by Bryn Pinzgauer / CCO BY
The rock walls served as both shelter and canvases for rock art painting from thousands of years, providing an insight to a rich Aboriginal spiritual tradition. Here you will find the famous rock art paintings Namarrgon (lightening man) and many more. You can view these paintings at the base of the rock formation via a 1.5 km circular walk.
The area is accessible throughout the year. During the dry season (April until October) park rangers conduct regular art site and informative talks sharing their knowledge on Aboriginal art and culture and this ancient gallery. For the adventurous and energetic visitors we recommend a moderately steep climb to Gunwarddehwardde lookout for more stunning views of Nourlangie Rock and Kakadu's escarpment.
4. Yellow Water Wetlands
Photo by Ed Dunens / CCO BY
Brimming with native flora and fauna of the Kakadu's World Heritage wetlands this land-locked billabong is picture postcard view to behold. Join a Yellow Water Cruise (Australia's best wildlife boat tour and steer through tranquil waters in a canopied boat. You will get a great opportunity to view the exotic bird life on the wetlands with sightings of jabirus, sea eagles flying across the flood plain and spot giant saltwater crocodiles.
5. Gunlom Billabong
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This made famous by the film ‘Crocodile Dundee’
Located on Waterfall Creek this is another stunning waterfall with serene plunge pool. Amongst the shady gums you will find cool the picnic areas. This is the only escarpment waterfall in Kakadu accessible by 2WD vehicle during the months of May to October.
A walking track to the top takes approximately 1 hour where you will find an infinity pool and look out with panoramic views across the southern parts of Kakadu National Park.