Why Visiting Koolpin Gorge Should be on Your Radar?

Why Visiting Koolpin Gorge Should be on Your Radar?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/22/2019

Reading time: 3 mins

If you are looking for a place that oozes natural beauty, scenery and a true Australian culture vibe, then Koolpin Gorge is where it’s at.

Also known as Jarrangbarni, its Indigenous name, the area is burrowed in the heart of the Kakadu National Park, hidden from most visitors travelling around. Although it might be an unknown site to most, it is undoubtedly one of the best spots in the entire National Park.  

Why Koolpin Gorge is unknown?

Due to its remote location, it can be out of the way for travellers. Due to the rough roads leading to the area, 4WD cars are the only way to reach it. Once there, if staying for a night or two, there is only one campsite to choose from, with only drop toilets included. This means quite a rough stay, with very little open areas from the thick bushland. There are no man-made walking tracks, with some of Kakadu’s roughest and most challenging terrain surrounding the area. As well, organising a permit prior is mandatory, as only a few people are allowed in the area at one time. Therefore the stay can be quite tough for inexperienced campers, so make sure you are aware of the challenges beforehand.

Why is it worth it?

Regardless of all these factors that may have you running for the hills, this spot is one of the most unforgettable places you can travel to. Escape the city, disconnect from the outside world, and immerse yourself in the true beauty of the natural wonder. With an eclectic showcase of stunning scenery, including lush Australian bushland, jagged rocks ranging in colours, and mesmerizing waterfalls cascading into pristine plunge pools. The area gives you an unforgettable stay that is well worth all the troubles of getting there.

What to do at Koolpin Gorge?

Koolpin Gorge is perfect for the whole family, with a range of activities on offer. Undoubtedly, swimming in the pristine swimming spots is your first choice. Large rocks and cliff tops surround the swimming spots, with a number of plunge pools bubbling with cascading waterfalls. Sunbake on the rocks, swim along the surface of the water or snorkel below to see the bottom. If you are up for discovering more of the area, there are much-hidden bush walks throughout the area, letting you discover truly magnificent wonders within the area. Wildlife watching is easy in the thick bushland, with birds, mammals, and even some reptiles wandering the place.

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.