8 best waterfalls in NT, Australia

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From Jim Jim to Edith falls, we’ve found the best waterfalls in the Northern Territory for travellers looking to find a slice of heaven on earth. Whether you prefer trekking with a pack and hiking boots or a gentle dip, the Top End has something for everyone with the top eight waterfall wonders of the NT.

Northern Territory Waterfalls

1- Jim Jim Falls

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Jim Jim Falls, Photo: Tourism NT 1

Also known as ‘Barrkmalam’, Jim Jim Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Australia. Plummeting 200m down into Kakadu National Park, Jim Jim Falls is a natural wonder that is easily accessible by 4WD.

Adventurous travellers might like to trek through Kakadu on a guided tour to there.

Trekkers can cool off and go for a dip in the pool at the top of the falls.

For those wanting a more unique experience, Jim Jim Falls can be viewed from a scenic flight over Kakadu National Park. It’s an experience for your bucket list.

2- Gunlom Falls

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Gunlom Falls Photo: Tourism NT 2

Famously known for its appearance in the movie Crocodile Dundee, Gunlom Falls is an iconic representation of an Australian outback waterfall.

The 30m water flow cascades into a shallow crocodile-free plunge pool, which has a scenic beach.

Situated in Kakadu National Park, Gunlom Falls is easily accessible for an Outback adventure.

Our top tip for a true Territory experience: jump in at the top pool and take in the gorgeous Australian sunset.

3- Florence Falls

best waterfalls in NT
Florence Falls, Photos: NT Tourism

Florence Falls is arguably the most accessible of Northern Territory’s waterfalls, just a short stroll from the carpark and open to visitors throughout the year.

This 25m fall flows into a safe swimming area, which has a sheltered spot where you can cool off beside a swimming hole.

Tumbling year-round within picturesque Litchfield National Park, this is a popular spot for tourists and locals.

4- Robin Falls

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Robin Falls, Photo: Tourism NT 4

This striking three-tiered waterfall in the Adelaide River region envelops you in its natural serenity, after the vigorous walk to find it that is.

Finding the mysterious, almost undiscovered, Robin Falls feels like you’re unearthing a hidden gem for the first time.

It’s a quiet spot for travellers looking for an escape.

5- Twin Falls

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Twin Falls, Photo: Tourism NT 5

Twin Falls is a totally different experience to Jim Jim Falls.

Accessible by 4WD only, the track into the falls would appeal to intrepid travellers.

Twin Falls trickles into a narrow gorge that is an intimate area to put your feet up.

The views are breathtaking and there are rock-faces suitable for climbing.

6- Tjaynera Falls

Tjaynera Falls is an un-signposted waterfall within Litchfield National Park.

A short trek through the National Park leads to a safe swimming spot.

This pristine waterfall has swimming holes at the top and the bottom.

The scenic swimming hole at the top of the waterfall is a great spot to cool off and enjoy views of the Territory.

7- Edith Falls

best waterfalls in NT
Edith Falls, Photo: Peter Eve Tourism NT 7

Edith Falls, or its Aboriginal name ‘Leilyn’, is a sacred area for the Indigenous community. Located deep within Nitmiluk National Park, you can stand under the cascading waterfall and let the full force of nature wash over you.

Camping and BBQ-ing are permitted in the surrounding area, making it a good spot to camp out for the night.

Campers can wake up to the beautiful sunrise and breakfast with the birds before exploring the National Park.

8- Seventeen Miles Falls

Situated within Nitmiluk National Park, Seventeen Miles Falls is hidden in the depths of Katherine George.

The only way to get there is to trek along the Jatbulla Trail.

This waterfall is well worth the walk as the sight of the stunning waterfall is a fitting reward.

9- Barramundi Falls

Barramundi Falls is reached by walking through the monsoon forest, which opens out to deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs.

The natural plunge pools on top of the escarpment are a series of rock pools and waterfalls that are better than any exclusive resort’s infinity pool anywhere in the world. 

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Christina Pfeiffer Travel Writer
Christina Pfeiffer is a writer, photographer and video blogger based in Queensland, Australia. She has lived in three continents and her career as a travel journalist has taken her to all seven continents. Since 2003, she has contributed travel stories and photographs to mainstream media in Australia and around the world such as the Sydney Morning Herald, CNN Traveller, The Australian and the South China Morning Post. She has won many travel writing awards and is a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.