Top choice in Kakadu National Park

Gunlom is a superb escarpment waterfall 40-odd kilometres south of Maguk and 37km along an unsealed, though well-graded, gravel road. The reward is a gloriously large waterhole and drama-filled scenery, and that's just 200m through the paperbark forest from the car park. There's also a lovely picnic area here. If you're keen to explore more, take the steep Lookout Walk (one hour, 1km), which affords incredible views; when there's water, the infinity pool at the top is Kakadu's best swim.

Birders should watch here for the white-throated grasswren and chestnut-quilled rock pigeon.

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Nearby Kakadu National Park attractions

1. Maguk

8.57 MILES

Though it's unlikely you'll have dreamy Maguk to yourself, you might time it right to have the glorious natural pool and falls between just a few of you…

2. Twin Falls

25.73 MILES

Twin Falls flows year-round (no swimming), but half the fun is getting here, involving a little boat trip (adult/child $15/free, 7.30am-5pm, last boat 4pm…