Take A Dip In Kakadu’s Top 5 Swimming Holes And Waterfalls

Home to an incredible 2000 plant species, and with wildlife ranging from saltwater crocs to flatback turtles, Kakadu National Park is a paradise for nature lovers. Not only does the park boasts ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, vast expanses of wetlands and soaring stone escarpments, but it is also home to a number of cascading waterfalls and swimming holes. Check out our guide for the best places to to cool off from the scorching sun of the Australian outback.

Barramundi Gorge

One of the few waterfalls in Kakadu to flow even when it isn’t raining. The best way to cool off is to jump off one of the rock ledges into the pool below.

Jim Jim Falls

Plunging from a height of 200m and only accessible with a 4WD, these falls are registered on the Australian National Heritage List so make sure you’ve got enough room on your SD card for the amount of pictures you’re going to be taking. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s even a sandy beach here.

Florence Falls

A picture perfect swimming hole which is great for a refreshing swim. After your plunge, enjoy a panoramic view of the open valley and the waterhole below from a viewing platform.

Buley Rockholes

You can stay at the campsite here but make sure to arrive early as it gets crowded. You’d be wise to acknowledge the crocodile warning before swimming.

Mary River Wetlands

OK, so it’s not technically a waterfall or swimming hole, but it’s a great site to see on the back of a hovercraft. Go in the wet season and it’s a vast expanse of swampy wetland or the dry season to see it as a series of pools and billabongs. Home to the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere, don’t stick your arms too far into the water, unless you like playing Russian roulette with your limbs.

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