Koolpin Gorge, Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory 0886

Koolpin Gorge is a secluded paradise that not many visitors get the chance to see in person. Also dubbed Jarrangbarni – it’s Aboriginal name – it provides a little slice of heaven in the heart of Kakadu.

Koolpin Gorge, NT

So why do not many people get to see it?

There are three reasons for this. Firstly, it is only accessible by 4WD. It’s not a particularly difficult drive, but you will need a 4WD to get there. Secondly, there is just a bush campsite near the gorge that has no facilities apart from pit toilets.

And, finally, there are no specific walking tracks that are marked, which makes it difficult to get to the lookouts and boardwalks. From the gorge itself, the walk takes you through real wilderness scenery, and the terrain can be incredibly rough.

Despite that, Koolpin Gorge has plenty to offer its visitors – in fact, because of its rough beauty and difficult-to-reach scenery, it’s an incredibly special place to explore.

There are plenty of adventurous pursuits to get stuck into, including bushwalking, which takes you through some rough and wild scenery to spectacular lookout points, wildlife watching, with many native species of plant, animals, and birds calling the area home, and swimming. There are a number of relaxing swimming holes to enjoy in the secluded peace and quiet.

How to Experience Koolpin Gorge

Koolpin Gorge Pool

To experience everything Koolpin has to offer, you’ll want to spend at least two nights in the area, so you can discover some of the hidden trails and enjoy some of the more secluded hotspots in the area. For the pick of the bunch, arrive early to choose a shady spot to camp!

If you’re looking to kick-start your time in Koolpin by soaking up some of the incredible beauty on offer, start by heading to the Pink Pool before venturing on into the wilderness and up the rocky cliff face to the Black Pool, which can be reached via an unmarked track. Once you emerge at the top, you’ll be greeted by breath-taking scenery, stunning views, and even more relaxing rock pools to cool off in.

For the intrepid explorer, Koolpin Gorge is the perfect place. As well as incredibly beautiful scenery that remains mostly untouched thanks to its lack of visitors, there is plenty to do in the area, whether you’re looking to hike, swim, or spot some of Australia’s best-loved native creatures. Whatever you do, your time at Koolpin Gorge will be one to remember.

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