Kakadu National Park

Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge is a stunning gorge hidden in the southern region of Kakadu.

Take a short walk to sparkling plunge pools and waterfalls at the start of the gorge or explore 2 km up the gorge without a bushwalking permit.

Do not miss a swim in one of the waterholes above the creek. It’s an unforgettable way to spend a day surrounded by rugged cliffs and lush greenery.

Download our PDF guide to the Jarrangbarnmi area


Beautiful and fragile, Jarrangbarnmi is home to some particularly rare species. The hooded parrot is only found in the hilly and dry open forest and woodland country of this area. It nests in termite mounds where its eggs are incubated.

Keep an eye out for the brightly coloured Gouldian finch and the barrk (black wallaroo).

Saltwater crocodiles are found in the creek alongside the campground and vegetation pool, so don’t swim or collect water in either. Please pay attention to all signage and permit conditions.


Jarrangbarnmi was created by the Jawoyn creation ancestors. The name comes from the Jawoyn words ‘jarrang’, meaning flood or big water flow, and ‘barn’, meaning rift or gap.


Bush camping is available beside Koolpin Creek. Access is by permit only. Apply for your permit well in advance to avoid missing out.


You’ll need a permit to bushwalk or camp here

You can apply for a camping permit here. Or if you require a permit for Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) click here. Please allow seven days for processing.

For more information please contact the permits officer on +61 (08) 8938 1140 or at kakadu.permits@awe.gov.au

Be Crocwise: Swimming

  • Ensure you observe all safety signs, and be aware that whenever you are near water in the park, there is a risk of crocs!
  • Kakadu has Crocodile Management Zones to minimise risk to humans. Even in these zones you should be cautious.
  • Crocodile warning signs and Crocodile Management Zones are not found everywhere.

Read more to stay safe when swimming

Site accessibility

  • Tick icon Open today - Permit required. Closing on the 4 October 2020

See the access report for more details.


Type of walk

Return track

Walk grade

Moderate to difficult

Walk distance

2 km

Time required

1 hour 30 minutes