Gunlom Falls – Exploring Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory is highly regarded for having some of the country’s best and most beautiful waterfalls and natural features. Gunlom Falls is among these and has become a destination that is surrounded by its reputation of being one of the park’s most stunning waterfalls.

Gunlom Falls, also known as waterfall creek, is known primarily for its marvellous pools, both at the foot of the falls and at the top, bringing a fun and exciting element to this fantastic attraction. After arriving in the Gunlom carpark you will have an easy walk ahead of you that will lead you through a short section of tropical forest before you reach the falls themselves.

Upon arrival at the falls, you will be faced with a scene of almost unparalleled beauty, with the 85m high cliffs towering above you, and the vast, shimmering emerald pool laid out before you with a small sandy beach on its shores. The staggering beauty of this scene is sure to stop you in your tracks as you absorb the serene peace of the moment, and with the water beckoning to you to take a dip, you will have to give in to the undeniable urge and kick off your boots before diving in. The cool waters are a soothing relief after the sweltering heat of the sun, and you’ll have the chance to swim right up to the foot of the falls and enjoy the natural shower from the falls as they cascade over the cliff. This pool at the waterfall’s base is an incredibly popular destination for many people, which means that it can often be a little crowded, despite its very large size.

To escape the buzz of others and to ensure yourself a peaceful place to get in touch with the thriving nature around you, you can climb the 1km track from the bottom of the falls to the top. This track is very steep, but not too difficult and within 20 minutes you will have risen to the top, from where you will be rewarded handsomely by the spectacular view of Kakadu’s southernmost regions. If you’re still looking for a quiet place to swim, then you’re in luck, because at the very top of the waterfall, right on the edge there is one of the world’s only natural infinity pools. The breathtaking clarity of the water mingled with the spectacular views from this incredible lookout point is sure to make your trip an unforgettable one.

So if you’re in Kakadu, be sure to go and take a dip in the refreshing waters of Gunlom Falls.