Can you get to Jim Jim Falls without a 4WD?

Can you get to Jim Jim Falls without a 4WD?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 05/06/2022

Reading time: 2 mins

Kakadu is one of the world’s most astounding national parks, sitting alongside the likes of Tierra del Fuego and Yellowstone as one of the world’s most surreal and inspiring natural wonderlands!

From Nourlangie’s incredible ancient rock art to a riveting Yellow Water croc-spotting cruise, through to the Gunlom plunge pool’s enchanting beauty and Jarrangbarnmi’s isolated splendour, Kakadu is a land that is unlike anywhere else on Earth and we mean that with the utmost sincerity…

And, of course, any great national park should be complete with towering peaks and flowing cascades, right? Well, Kakadu has plenty of them, but none are more beguiling than the majestic Jim Jim Falls, a 200m-tall testament to nature’s ability to combine the elements into one captivating, giant spectacle!

As spectacular as Jim Jim Falls are, it is important to know that you need to take a 4WD to get out there. This is because you require a sturdy vehicle with high clearance and solid suspension that can handle the tracks that head out to this stunning landmark.

If you don’t have your own 4WD to get there you will have to jump aboard a tour, but it is totally worth it, as the falls are one of the most miraculous sights in the whole park, alongside these other unforgettable spots:


From the distance Nourlangie is spectacular in itself, being a giant rock formation bulging out of the forest below, but it’s what you see when you hike up into its shelters that is really incredible…

Nourlangie has sheltered Indigenous Australians from countless wet seasons, and they have been painting the walls there for at least 20,000 years, with eaons-old works depicting various scenes and even animals that have long been extinct on the mainland!

Gunlom plunge pool

The world’s architects have caught on: infinity pools are pretty awesome. But nature has been building infinity pools for millions of years, with one of the most beautiful in the whole world being the Gunlom plunge pool!

Not only are the Gunlom Falls another stunning cascade to be found in the national park, but the pool that awaits upon reaching the top is simply marvellous, not to mention the perfect place to refresh after a big day’s exploring one of the world’s most awe-inspiring national parks…

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.