Kakadu National Park

This region is home to rugged stone country, vast wetlands, numerous stunning waterfalls and the Jawoyn people.

Plunge pools and waterfalls

Boasting an array of plunge pools and cascades, the Mary River region has some of Kakadu’s most picturesque swimming locations.

Perhaps the most famous is Gunlom – here one of nature’s grandest infinity pools perched high above Gunlom waterfall promises an idyllic dip.

Maguk is another popular location where a short walk takes you through a monsoon forest and along a sandy and rocky creek to a beautiful waterfall and clear plunge pool.

Walks, wildlife and scenery

The region is known for its beautiful walks. Some will take you through lush surroundings to sparkling cascades and sandy beaches while more challenging hikes draw you up high into stone country where breathtaking scenery captures the majesty and colour of Kakadu.

Culture

The Mary River region is Jawoyn land and there are strong cultural ties between this part of Kakadu and nearby Nitmiluk National Park. The Jawoyn people believe that powerful creation ancestors such as the Rainbow Serpent, Bula, rest here.

The region is rich in Indigenous culture and some of the most fascinating and gorgeous locations are shared by traditional owners – these sites require permits to visit.

Camping and accommodation

There are many quiet camping spots to relax and experience the landscape, while you can see endemic plants and birdlife only found in the park’s south.

There are a few hidden gems to discover for the intrepid travellers. Koolpin and Graveside Gorges may not be the easiest places to get to but they are two very special locations to the Jawoyn people and permits to visit are needed.

Alternatively, you’ll find rooms, camping and caravan sites as well as meals and fuel at Mary River Roadhouse, and information and interpretive displays at the Mary River Ranger Station.

Mary River region map

Map of Mary River region