How Many Waterfalls Are There In Kakadu National Park?

Kakadu National ParkOpens in a new tab. is known for a lot of things-its wildlife, its Aboriginal history, and the incredible natural beauty of Arnhem Land. But one thing that the park doesn’t get enough credit for is its waterfalls.

Standing at more than 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu is a vast expanse home to spectacular cascades. With more than 300 creeks and rivers in Kakadu National Park, containing 5 well-known waterfalls. The most well-known among them is Jim Jim Falls, others include Gunlom Falls and Twin Falls.

Many waterfalls in Kakadu can be reached by foot with just a little effort, thanks to an extensive network of maintained trails throughout the park and of course by a 4×4 vehicle which is a must if you want to venture off in the great Australian outback.

You can also see some amazing waterfalls on tour with an experienced guide who knows how to navigate the backcountry safely and when you’re hiking in remote locations like these, you really do want an expert there to keep you safe while you’re taking in these majestic sites. There’s no better way to experience the beauty that Australia has to offer than from the top of one of its gorgeous cascades!

What Waterfalls Are In Kakadu?

WaterfallsOpens in a new tab. are formed when erosion causes a river or stream to cut through rock and sediment on its way to the sea. The force of falling water creates a steep cliff, which can be powerful enough to shape rocks into formations like those you see below.

A waterfall’s power is determined by how much water flows past it, which depends on factors like rainfall levels and the terrain of the land around them. As you can imagine, these processes take a long time!

Maguk Falls Barramundi Gorge

The Maguk Waterfalls are in Kakadu National Park, and they’re a series of cascades that flow from the Mary River Gorge. The falls are located in the West Alligator region, as well as being found just outside of it in the East Alligator regionOpens in a new tab..

In fact, these waterfalls are right next to a road that goes through both regions!

Motor Car Waterfalls

Motor Car Waterfalls is a well-known tourist spot, especially in the summer when all the other waterfalls in the region may already be fully packed with people.

This beautiful waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery, and rock formations jutting out of the water, perfect for taking pictures of the scenery or standing to be a bit closer to the actual waterfall.

Jim Jim Waterfalls

Jim Jim Waterfalls is a spectacular sight. These waterfalls are a major tourist attraction and a popular swimming hole, making them one of the most famous spots in Kakadu National Park.

Jim Jim Falls is also known for being one of the best places in Kakadu to go swimming during the dry season from May until October each year. This means that there are few other people around-making it perfect if you’re looking for somewhere quiet away from crowds!

Gunlom Waterfalls

If you’re planning a trip to Kakadu National Park, Gunlom is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the park. The territory of Gunlom is divided into two sections: Gunlom Gorge and Gunlom Pool.

Gunlom Gorge is located near the Litchfield Escarpment and it’s accessible from Larrakeyah Road or from Jabiluka Road (off Berrimah Road). There are some short walks that can be done in this area, including a climb up to Brayshaw Lookout for great views over a section of Kakadu National Park.

Gunlom Pool is a large waterfall with scenic views around it. You can walk along its base or swim under some parts of it when conditions allow access. There are also many lookouts along this stretch which make walking around interesting as well as enjoyable!

Twin Falls Gorge

Twin Falls Gorge is the most popular attraction in Kakadu National Park and for good reason. It’s a beautiful example of what nature can do when it’s left to its own devices, with two waterfalls, one taller than the other, spilling into a large pool surrounded by lush greenery.

The best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon when you’ll get the chance to see both falls at their peak.

How To Get To Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is located in the Northern Territory, almost 300km east of Darwin. As such, if you’re coming from any other location in Australia, it’s a long drive away and will take you at least eight hours to get there.

If you’re staying within the Northern Territory though, then there are plenty of flight options available that can get you into Kakadu National Park and back again quickly.

If you’re travelling from Alice Springs or Katherine (both also in the Northern Territory), then it’s still a long journey but only requires about two hours of driving time-and less if speeds exceed 100km/h.

From Tennant Creek or Adelaide (South Australian cities) it’s about five hours each way by road; however public buses don’t travel this route on a regular basis so book your ticket well ahead of time if planning on flying!


If you are thinking about visiting Kakadu National Park, don’t forget to check out the national park websiteOpens in a new tab. for more information. Most if not all of the waterfalls mentioned have dedicated tracks and paths for 4×4 vehicles to keep tourists on track and not wander off into the wild.

Some areas of the park may be closed due to flooding or other reasons so it is best to do your research before visiting.

Always remember that waterfalls can be dangerous and should not be approached without proper safety precautions taken into consideration. Please stay on designated trails and obey all posted signs when hiking in remote areas as there are many hidden dangers that could lead to injury or death.


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