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11 places you must take your camera in Kakadu

Stunning waterfalls, crystal clear gorges, vast escarpments and more wildlife than you can imagine!

It goes without saying a camera should be at the top of your packing check-list when you’re visiting Kakadu. Stunning waterfalls, crystal clear gorges, vast escarpments and more wildlife than you can imagine! We can’t promise that your photos will do your awe-inspired memories justice, but we can promise that you’ll be blown away by the incredibly picturesque places you’ll stumble across on your Kakadu adventure. And when you’re busy bragging to all your mates about your epic trip to Kakadu, you’ll be glad you packed the camera! Here are 11 places you MUST take the camera in Kakadu.

1. Gunlom Falls

Widely known as the most impressive natural swimming pool in Australia, Gunlom Falls is a natural infinity pool overlooking the stunning Kakadu landscape.

2. Ubirr

Referred to as the rock-star of Kakadu, Ubirr is home to some iconic and ancient Aboriginal rock art. After you’ve discovered indigenous culture at the three rock-art galleries, find a spot atop the rocky outlook and watch the sun slip into slumber over the Nadab Floodplains.

3. Yellow Water Billabong

This iconic billabong gets its name from the vibrant colours that flood the billabong as the sun rises and sets. Home to an array of wandering wildlife, you can expect to see wild horses, buffalo, a vast range of bird life and saltwater crocodiles. Yellow Water Billabong is located near Cooinda and runs regular ticketed cruises.

4. Maguk Gorge

Just an hour’s drive from Cooinda sits a post-card perfect waterfall leading into a crystal clear plunge pool. Also known as Barramundi Gorge; Maguk is a safe swimming hole set amongst a stunning backdrop, a photo here will ensure you’ll be the envy of all your friends.

5. Motor Car Falls

If secluded swimming is your scene, Motor Car Falls is the place for you. The pristine pool and falls make this lesser known spot a must-do when searching for the perfect picture.

6. Jim Jim Falls

No trip to Kakadu would be complete without a visit to Jim Jim Falls. A powerful waterfall during the wet season and an inviting plunge pool in the dry season; a trip to Jim Jim Falls is well worth your time.

7. Twin Falls

There’s only one thing better than one waterfall… Two waterfalls! Set amongst a towering red escarpment and sand that will make you feel like you’re at the beach; two waterfalls, side-by-side cascade into sparkling waters beneath.

8. Nourlangie Rock

The walls of Nourlangie have served Aboriginal land owners as shelter and a canvas for their stories for thousands of years. Learn about their history, culture and dreamtime stories through well-preserved and authentic ancient rock art at Nourlangie. Take the easy climb to the Gunwarddehwardde Lookout and where you’ll find panoramic views of Kakadu’s escarpment.

9. Koolpin Gorge

Frequently referred to as the ‘Jewel’ in Kakadu’s crown; Koolpin Gorge is a beautiful landscape with limited capacity, capped at 40 people at any one time so you’re sure to get the secluded swimming experience that makes for an enviable picture.

10. Anbangbang Billabong

A stunning, lily-filled billabong with unparalleled views of Nourlangie and Nawurlandja. This open landscape with rich history makes for the perfect photo to sum up your Kakadu trip.

11. Scenic flight over Kakadu

As Australia’s largest national park, there’s only so much you can see of Kakadu on foot. Get high up in the sky for a birds-eye view of the incredible and ancient landscape, but don’t forget the camera! Whether you’re in a helicopter or a scenic plane, there’s always a reason to get snap-happy while exploring the Kakadu landscape from the air.