Where is Twin Falls?
Located near the eartern boundary of the park, Twin Falls is one of Kakadu’s two major waterfalls and perhaps one of the most popular Northern Territory attractions, however it is also one of the most difficult to access. It’s also only a stone’s throw away from Jim Jim Falls, another exquisite plunge waterfall and Australian National Heritage listed site which is also worth visiting if you’re in the area.
How do you get to Twin Falls?
Getting to Twin Falls from Jabiru is an adventure that will lead you off the beaten track. Approximately 45kms south along the Kakadu Highway, you’ll turn off onto an unsealed corrugated road and travel 50km towards the Garnamarr Campground. You’ll need a well equipped, high clearance 4WD with a snorkel to access the site (or perhaps consider joining a Twin Falls 4wd Tour) as the track leads you through soft, sandy patches and potentially deep water as you pass through the Jim Jim Creek crossing.
Once you reach the Twin Falls Kakadu car park you’ll board the Boat Cruise. Operated by local indigenous guides, the shuttle departs every 15 minutes between 7:30am and 4:30pm and takes you up along the Twin Falls Creek where you can appreciate the picturesque sandstone landscape, get a unique perspective of the falls from below and maybe even spot a few freshwater crocodiles or rare pig-nose turtles along the way.
Once disembarking you’ll have a short walk across sandstone outcrops, large boulders and a floating boardwalk before reaching the white sandy beach and plunge pool at the base of the falls. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch but be aware that swimming is not permitted here due to crocodiles that inhabit the area.
From here, you can hike all the way up to the top of the Arnhem Land escarpment along the Twin Falls Gorge Plateau Walk, enjoy breathtaking views of the dramatic landscape and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the ancient scenery below. It’s a steep, moderately graded 6km return trip but once you reach the top, you can follow the creek upstream for another 1km where you’ll find a series of rock pools to cool off in and take a refreshing swim.
When is the best time to visit Twin Falls?
The best time to visit twin falls is in the dry season, when the stream slows down and reduces to a mere trickle, allowing you to walk all the way to the base of the towering stone escarpment. The falls become inaccessible in the tropical wet season due to heavy rains and floods that send large volumes of water surging over the gorge and are best viewed via a scenic flight during this time. The flight allows you to witness the spectacular landscapes and diverse river systems across the Arnhem Land escarpment and experience the grandeur of the falls from above.
Where can I stay close to Twin Falls?
The Garnamarr Campground facilities adjacent to the falls are well maintained and perfectly set-up for overnight stays including; hot showers, public toilets, wood barbecues, fire pits and shady areas with picnic tables. The park is administered by Parks Australia in partnership with the traditional Bininj/Mungguy custodians and is a special place to connect with this ancient land and it’s indigenous culture and history whilst visiting the Northern Territory.