Kakadu National Park

Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) is a particularly 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 these waterholes above the creek, surrounded by the rugged cliffs and lush greenery. It’s an unforgettable way to spend a day.


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 barrk (black wallaroo).

Saltwater crocodiles are found in the creek alongside the camp ground 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 and access is by permit only. Please read information on permit conditions before entering.


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@environment.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


Type of walk

Return track

Walk grade

Moderate to difficult

Walk distance

2 km

Time required

1 hour 30 minutes