Yellow Water Wetlands
Part of the South Alligator River floodplain, Yellow Water provides an opportunity to see the varied flora and fauna of Kakadu's World Heritage wetlands.
Jim Jim Falls
Whether the falls are raging with water in the 'Wet' season, or the merest trickle in the 'Dry', this majestic waterfall is a sight to behold. Set in the red ochre of the Arnhem Land escarpment and boasting white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, it is worth the 900 metre walk through a monsoon forest and over boulders to arrive at a deep plunge pool surrounded by spectacular 150 metre high cliffs. Jim Jim Falls has graced many calendars, books and television program's and is a must see for all visitors to Kakadu National Park.
Twin Falls is set in the Arnhem Land Escarpment. Access is by water only. You will be rewarded by towering red escarpment, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)
Known by some as 'The Jewel in Kakadu's crown', it is one of Kakadu's most beautiful places. Jarrangbarnmi has important cultural and natural values. To protect these values, only limited numbers of people at a time are allowed to visit the area. A very pretty gorge with swimming, bushwalking and bird life. There are great views to be enjoyed from the top by the waterhole.
Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Accessible only by 4WD, Maguk is located within a monsoon forest, which leads to a waterfall and the base of beautiful plunge pool. The water is crystal clear and swimming is allowed. A short hike to the top of the waterfall is well worth the effort offering a magnificent view and swimming in a series of small clear pools.
Mamukala Wetlands offer a great opportunity to view the bird life on the wetlands from an observation tower, or via the many walking tracks on the edge of the wetlands. You can watch thousands of magpie geese that congregate at Mamukala from one of the bird hides, 600 metres from the car park, or take a walk through the wetlands to the observation building, located 100 metres from the car park. Walks vary from one to three kilometres.
Nourlangie Rock Art
The walls of the Nourlangie rock shelters have served as both shelter and canvases for thousands of years, providing windows to a rich spiritual tradition.
Paintings such as Namarrkun (lightning man) explore the relationship of the people to their country and belief; they illustrate the important stories, food sources, wars and mythological figures. The paintings at the base can be reached by a 1.5 km circular walk.
During the 'dry' season (April until October) park rangers provide informative talks about Aboriginal art and culture, inviting visitors to join them and share their knowledge of this ancient gallery.
There is a lookout that is well worth the climb for sweeping views of the escarpment. For the more adventurous, there is also a moderately steep climb to Gunwarddehwardde lookout which provides impressive views of both Kakadu's escarpment and Nourlangie Rock.
Ubirr is one of Kakadu's two most famous rock art galleries. The art sites at Ubirr can be reached by following an easy 1 km circular walking track.
Among the sandstone outliners are richly painted rock walls that recorded battles, food animals, dangers and mythical beings believed by 'Bininj' to dwell within the landscape, During the dry season (winter), park rangers conduct regular art site talks at Ubirr. A moderately steep 250 metre climb takes you to Nadab Lookout, a rocky outlook that provides superb views across the floodplains. Enjoying a spectacular tropical sunset from the top of Ubirr is not to be missed.
An easy 2.5 km circular walk, Anbangbang Billabong is situated at the base of Nourlangie Rock. Crowded with water lilies, this small wetland is a haven for waterbirds during the dry season (winter).
Located on Waterfall Creek, is the magical combination of waterfall and serene plunge pool, with shady gums cooling the picnic areas. It is the only escarpment waterfall in Kakadu that is accessible by conventional 2WD vehicle during dry season.
The Gunlom Billabong at the base of the waterfall provides a cool, quiet resting place. A walking route to the top of the falls and lookouts takes approximately one hour over a steep terrain and provides sweeping views of the southern most parts of Kakadu National Park.
The network of walking tracks here will introduce you to this beautiful area. Walking in the wet season (summer) is particularly enjoyable. All walks start and finish at the car park.