The best waterfalls and watering holes in the NT
When you think of the Northern Territory and the Aussie outback, you probs imagine dry, sparse desert. Well, tucked away amongst the dry landscape you’ll find lush rainforests and crystal clear waterholes that no Instagram filter will prepare you for. There’s countless waterfalls, natural plunge pools and warm springs around the Top End, and this list is the pick of the bunch.
Put them all on your travel bucket list – your friends will be beyond jealous of your #nofilter Insty snaps.
An easy day trip from Darwin is the stunning Litchfield National Park. Within the park lies Buley Rockhole, a series of stunning waterfalls and rock-holes, where you can easily find your own spot to swim and relax. Trust us, you won’t want to leave!
Around 60km north of the lesser-explored Katherine, within Nitmiluk National Park are Edith Falls, a series of cascading waterfalls and pools on the Edith River.
Located in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, Ellery Creek is one of the most popular swimming spots. It’s a giant waterhole surrounded by tall cliffs and you can even camp there! Imagine waking up to this view?
Florence Falls (within Litchfield National Park) is a spectacular double waterfall set that cascades into a swimming hole at the base. Stop for a picnic and dip in the water, or go for a short walk along the stream and through the rainforest gorge.
One of the most gorgeous spots in Kakadu National Park (seriously, just look at the picture), Gunlom Falls boasts a completely natural plunge pool at the top with ridiculous views over Kakadu, and then a big main pool of the bottom of the waterfall. We’re spoilt for choice!
Arguably the most famous waterfalls in Kakadu are Jim Jim Falls. It’s 200m high, making it look insanely majestic. Once you stop admiring its beauty (it’ll be pretty hard tbh), make your way to the bottom of the Falls for a well-deserved swim.
Maguk is a gorge within the Stone County of the southern area of Kakadu National Park. After parking the car, take a 1km walk through stunning monsoonal forest. What’s waiting for you? A pristine waterfall and crystal clear water.
After a day of exploring the rugged scenery of the West MacDonnell ranges, cool off in the waterhole down below!
The Southern Rockhole waterfall walk is an absolute must-do during the wet season. It’s an 8km-return bushwalk and your excitement will build as you start to hear the rush of water when you get closer to your destination!
The most popular spot in Litchfield National Park, the watering hole is surrounded by lush monsoon rainforest. You’ll feel like you’re in a secluded little pocket of the world! It’s open all year round, however swimming is not always possible (mostly between October and March) due to water levels and strong currents.