Kakadu National Park

Jim Jim Falls is an iconic part of Kakadu, famous for its astonishing cliffs and thundering waterfalls.

In the dry season the falls stop running and it’s possible to get closer to these spectacular cliffs - hike into the heart of the gorge and sit in their shadow.

The walk takes you through monsoon forest and over boulders to a deep plunge pool or the family friendly beach pool, all surrounded by the dramatic 200 m high cliffs.

During the tropical summer, when the falls are in full flood they can only be seen from the air, on a scenic flight.


The walk leads through a large anbinik forest which will keep you cool in the heat of the day. These are the largest trees of the escarpment country and are among some of the oldest species of vegetation on the planet, dating back over 400 million years.

Hidden in the canopy are white-lined honey eaters, and the striated pardalote, you may even find a rainbow pitta in the undergrowth as well. Late in the year, after the chicks have hatched, a couple of peregrine falcons frequent the gorge.

Mertens water monitors can often be seen sunbaking on a boulder after chasing their lunch in the clear water of Jim Jim Creek.


The name Jim Jim comes from andjimdjim,an Aboriginal name for the water pandanus (Pandanus aquaticus) that line the creek.


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

One way track

Walk grade

Moderate to difficult

Walk distance

1 km

Time required

3 hours