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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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@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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"Another day, another private pool..." That's just how we roll in the NT, hey @goldykilner! You might have gone for a dip in a natural waterhole before, but we bet you've never seen a view quite like this 🙌 #Kakadu National Park's Gunlom Plunge Pool overlooks the stunning southern hills and ridges of the park and is made up of a series of clear pools. While the climb to the top is relatively steep, we promise it's well worth your while! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Josh. #SeeAustralia #SeeKakadu

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A beach in the middle of the outback, who would of thought?! Jim Jim Falls might be best known for its waterfall and deep plunge pool, but its the white sandy 'beach' area that's often the most popular for a swim. This iconic #Kakadu destination features a 2 kilometre return walk through monsoon forest and over boulders - you'll be struck by the enormity of the surrounding cliffs when you arrive!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jas_974 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Gunlom Plunge Pool is one of the many magical places in #Kakadu, where gorgeous plunge pools combine with spectacular views to create one of the park’s most stunning vistas. While Gunlom is beautiful at any time of the day, @elisecook recently witnessed an especially pretty #sunset from the infinity pool at the top of the falls. While the 1 kilometre hike up the cliff path is a bit of a challenge, with views like this it's well worth the effort! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise. #SeeAustralia #SeeKakadu #TourismTopEnd

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Looking for a new adventure that'll see you exploring World-Heritage listed monsoon forest, towering stone escarpments and inviting plunge pools? Jim Jim Falls in #Kakadu National Park has got you sorted! This well known part of the park, famous for its astonishing cliffs and thundering waterfalls, can be reached by a 2 kilometre return walking trail. While the track is graded as moderately difficult and involves scrambling over large boulders in some parts, you're rewarded with a deep plunge pool and family-friendly beach pool when you get there, all surrounded by dramatic 200 metre cliffs. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @auscheftraveler! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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