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Kakadu & Surrounds

Map showing the Kakadu and Surrounds region in the NT

Cascading waterfalls, rugged escarpments, aboriginal rock art, giant crocodiles and exotic bird life. Kakadu National Park will change how you see the world. Experience the magic of this ancient land which is only a few hours from Darwin.

There's plenty to do in Kakadu. With a World Heritage-listed national park as your playground, the options are endless, and so are the views. Walk through a pristine wilderness brimming with wildlife or take a river cruise and spot the world's largest reptile.

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Witness the magic of #Kakadu National Park from above 🚁 From this spectacular vantage point you’ll see the most astonishing side of @Australia's largest national park... ancient sandstone plateaus, sheer escarpments, endless savannah forest, white sand beaches, winding rivers and expanses of floodplains. One of Kakadu's most impressive waterfalls, Twin Falls is a sight to behold year round whether it's in full flow or reduced to a trickle during the drier months. With the wet season fast approaching and ground access soon closing, a scenic flight is a must over the summer months - the mighty rock formations and surging water make for unforgettable viewing! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jewelszee! #SeeAustralia #SeeKakadu #DoKakadu

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@Australia's largest national park, #Kakadu is a mini-world that's best explored by walking and swimming! You’ve probably seen Gunlom’s top pool before; it resembles a resort-style infinity pool, though of course it’s even more special since it is entirely made by nature. The main plunge pool is located at the bottom of the falls at Waterfall Creek, but you can also take the moderately steep, 30-minute walk to the top of the falls for even better views overlooking the southern hills of the park, and more freshwater pools to swim in.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @wizo.tom! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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If you're visiting #Kakadu National Park and looking to cool off amongst some pretty speccy surrounds, Maguk Gorge ticks this box and then some! Waterfall-fed, deep and clear as glass, the emerald plunge pool is surrounded by towering gorge walls. Found in the southern region of the park, Maguk is very unique - it's one of the only waterfalls in the area that flows while there's no rain. Access by a four wheel drive-only road and a 1 kilometre rocky trek keep the crowds in check, making Maguk a true Kakadu jewel. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lisahnl! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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You’ll need a four-wheel drive vehicle and sensible shoes to reach oasis Jim Jim Falls, which opens conditionally during the dry season but doesn’t always boast flowing water. The 50 kilometre unsealed road is currently still open and followed by a 2 kilometre return scramble over boulders. You'll emerge from cool forest to a stunning emerald pool in the shadows of 200 metre-high cliffs - arguably Jim Jim's key highlight! Visiting over the summer months? Don't despair; take a scenic flight and see #Kakadu's most famous waterfall in full flow 🚁💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @amani_hawa! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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@marioholzheu recently found "his favourite spot in the Northern Territory" while exploring #Kakadu National Park - Maguk Gorge! This lesser known park attraction is home to an emerald plunge pool screened by pandanus palms and surrounded by some of the oldest rocks in the world. While most people take the 1 kilometre trail to the main bottom pool, you can choose to climb above the falls where you'll find a series of smaller plunge pools with crystal clear water and amazing views. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Mario! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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"It might not be flowing, but the landscape around the falls is pretty speccy!" We couldn't agree more, @jasandjoes_longroadhome! At 200 metres high, the colossal Jim Jim Falls is #Kakadu National Park's biggest waterfall. As the region moves into the wet season, Jim Jim will soon close as the tropical summer heavy rains fall across Kakadu submerging vast tracts of land and fueling these massive falls. It's still currently possible to walk through the monsoon forest and over boulders to the base of the falls, however you'll need a 4WD vehicle to get there! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Jas and Joe. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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While many people visit the main waterfall and pool down below, Gunlom Falls' real treasure is hidden up high. Scrambling up (and back down) the rock face is not for the faint-hearted, but the reward – @Australia’s most photogenic infinity pool – is totally worth the effort!  With dreamy views across the southern region of the park, the series of tiered pools above the falls is one of #Kakadu National Park's most magical swimming spots. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @wanderingaust!  #SeeAustralia #SeeKakadu #TourismTopEnd

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Maguk Gorge, a secluded swimming spot which appears through a rocky gorge, seems too beautiful to be true. An hour or so south of Cooinda Lodge, Maguk Gorge requires a four-wheel drive to access, but once you're there it's just a one-kilometre walk to crystal clear pools and ancient rocky outcrops. As with much of #Kakadu National Park, if you visit from November to March, make sure you check with local authorities to see what's open. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @amani_hawa! #SeeAustralia #SeeKakadu #TourismTopEnd

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Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve is a haven for wildlife, particularly a wide variety of birds. There are a handful of different walks to choose from, all of which allow you to really explore the wetland area... without getting your feet wet! Wander along the easy paths through shady forests of paperbark and stop at the various lookouts and viewing platforms for stunning views across the floodplains. The reserve is only a 45 minute drive from #Darwin and a great stop on the way to #Kakadu National Park.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mellisa_hutton! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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