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Visiting Jim Jim Gorge in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory Australia.

Jim Jim Falls - On the Kakadu Highway past Cooinda at the south end of Kakadu National Park to Jim Jim and Twin Falls. (Side trip of 130km return). From the north end of the park turn east off the Kakadu Highway 43km south of the Bowali Centre, this is only a 4WD access road.

A just under 2km return walk through a monsoon forest and over small and larger boulders will take you to a deep plunge pool surrounded by ancient, 150-metre high cliffs where the falls pound the bottom druring the Tropical Summer also known as the Green or Wet Seasons usually from late November to March. Though as season change it's unpredictable.

For the latest up-to-date details, contact the Bowali Visitor Centre on +61 (0) 8 8938 1121. Important to note: During the dry season July till October - Jim Jim Falls ceases to flow.

Jim Jim Falls Area - Road Access

Access to the Jim Jim Falls area is by 4WD only. Turn east off the Kakadu Highway 43km south of the Bowali Centre. Engage 4WD and travel 50 km along the Jim Jim Falls access road to reach the Garnamarr Campground. Jim Jim Falls car park is an additional 15 km along the access road.

Please note that the information in this document may not necessarily provide the latest details. During the dry season written road reports may be provided on a weekly basis as road conditions are less variable and road reports are not loaded onto the web on weekends or public holidays. For the latest up-to-date details, contact the Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1121.

The start of the track from the Jim Jim campground carpark.

Important to note: During the dry season July till October - Jim Jim Falls gradually ceases to flow.


Camping safaris to Jim Jim Gorge in Kakadu Pational Park.

Jim Jim Gorge is visited mainly by specialized soft adventure tour operators such as Adventure Tours, Gecko Canoeing, ATA, Connections Safaris, Wayoutback Safaris, Gagudju Dreaming Tours and Wilderness Safaris. You can see a selection of the tours to Gunlom at www.australia4tours.com.

An 4WD Canta from Adventure Tours Australia at Jim Jim campground

Self Drive Rentals and Hire to Jim Jim Gorge in Kakadu Pational Park.

Jim Jim Gorge in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory Australia is most likely one of the most travelled to destinations of our four wheel drive rental selfdrive clients.

Twin falls and Jim Jim Falls selfdrive routes are difficult to travel. Choices for 4wd rental vehicles for this route are the Britz PMFR, Britz Safari, Bushcamper, especially the Britz Safari hire selfdrive vehicles. Also the Apollo and Cheapa's Hilux Adventurer. 4WD vehicles for hire at Australia 4 Wheel Drive Rentals. Important to note: During the dry season July till October - Jim Jim Falls gradually ceases to flow.

A britz 4WD Adventurer - that can seat 5 and sleep 5 with camping gear.

Visiting Jim Jim Falls Area in Kakadu National Park

Garnamarr - Large Camping Facilities:
• Garrnamarr campground (dry season only, 4WD)
• This campground caters for up to 200 people.
• Facilities include showers and toilets, and there is drinking water available. • The campground is locked from 8.30 pm to 6.30 am for visitor safety.

Category: 1
Cost: $10 per adult per night - Under 16 years free
The cost will vary please see the parks link below for current pricing.

Facilities:
• Water
• Shower
• Car park
• Picnic Area
• Public Toilet

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The sign at the turn off from the Kakadu Highway onto the Jim Jim Track road.

Where to stay

Garnamarr Campground (dry season only, 4WD)

The Garnamarr Campground caters for about 200 people and is located beside the Jim Jim Falls access road about 50km from the Kakadu Highway. Caravans are not recommended and trailers must be left at a designated area near the campground and must not be taken to the falls. Showers, toilets and drinking water are available.

Garnamarr Campground Camping fees

A campground manager will collect the camping fee of $5.40 (known season's prices) per adult per night (over 16 years of age). Please have correct change as eftpos facilities are not available. See current Camping fees and permits are at this external sublink: http://www.environment.gov.au/

There is no booking system for the campsite. Places are allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. It is advisable tocontact the Bowali Visitor Centre to check on vacancies before driving there.

Communal concrete fire rings are provided at the campground. Firewood must be collected on the way to the campground, not within the immediate area of the campground. Parks Australia and traditional owners encourage minimal use of firewood and the use of gas stoves as an alternative energy source for cooking.

The old camping area was converted into a day use area, providing picnic tables and basic toilet facilities. This area is also the starting point for the Budjmi Lookout walk. Please do not enter the areas that are being revegetated.

A gate has been erected on the falls side of the Garnamarr Campground which is locked from 8.30pm to 6.30 am for the safety of visitors. We ask that you ensure that you leave the falls area in time to be at Garnamarr before the gates are locked at 8.30 pm.

Rangers present regular free slide shows and talks at the campground.

The toilet at Jim Jim campground
The shade screen over the tables at Jim Jim Campground.
Tours group camp at on end and other camping at the other end.

Other Areas

Gunlom

Gunlom Lookout Walk
Features:
Rock pools at the top of the falls and superb views
Distance:
1 km return
Grade: Difficult climb, marked track.

Gunlom Plunge Pool
Features:
Seasonal waterfall and a large plunge pool
Distance:
200 metres return
Grade: Disabled access

Murrill Billabong Walk
Features:
A small seasonal billabong and the South Alligator River
Distance:
Billabong 1 km return River 2.5 km return
Grade: Easy, marked track

Beyond Gunlom

Yurmikmik
Features:
A network of walking tracks which take in the plunge pools and wet season waterfalls of the Marrawal Plateau.
Access: 2WD, camping permits required.
Carry a topographic map on longer walks.

Gimbat and Guratba (Coronation Hill)
Features:
A scenic drive to a shady picnic area by the South Alligator River.
Access: 4WD only, day use only.

Gungurul
Features:
A rest stop with picnic tables and toilets, lookout and short walk.
Access: 2WD, camping area.

Bukbukluk
Features:
A lookout with superb escarpment views and a shady picnic area
Access: 2WD, day use only.

Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Features:
A plunge pool and small waterfall
Access: 4WD recommended. Camping area.

http://www.environment.gov.au/

Courtesy  and Copyright of NT Toursim - The full map can be found further down this page.
A detailed printable notes and map came be found at http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

Another different set of detailed printable notes and map came be found at http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

Camping fees and permits are at this external sublink: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

Permits try here
http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

Kakadu General Information

There are many interesting places to discover in the area, but some things to remember too:
• Saltwater crocodiles inhabit the South Alligator River and are extremely dangerous. Do not risk your life, keep away from the waters edge.
• Freshwater crocodiles inhabit the area. Do not approach or interfere with them.
• Do not jump off rocks or cliffs as there are unseen dangers and accidents have resulted in death.
• Jim Jim Plunge Pool can be hazardous as the shallow water suddenly becomes deep.
• Use the toilets provided.
• Observe and enjoy the native animals, but do not disturb or feed them. Fishing is prohibited.
• Use fuel stoves in preference to open fires.
• If lighting open fires, collect firewood along the access road into Gunlom and use it sparingly. Use the fireplaces provided, attend fires at all times and extinguish them before you leave.
• Use the recycling facilities supplied and place all other rubbish in the bins. Remember, cigarette butts, orange peel and tissues are rubbish too.
• Sunscreen and insect repellent pollute waterways. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and hat as alternative protection.
• The mornings and evenings are the best times to walk and observe wildlife. For your own comfort and safety please keep to the marked tracks, wear a hat and sturdy shoes, and carry plenty of drinking water.

Safety advice for Kakadu National Nark - crocodilesCrocodile Safety Information

Northern Australia is crocodile country. Therefore it is important to put awareness of crocodiles and safety at the top of your priority list when living in, working in or simply visiting crocodile habitat. Living with crocodiles is not difficult so long as you bear the following points in mind.

• Always be aware that crocodiles may be present anywhere that there is water.
• Unless there is clear signage that it is safe to swim, assume that crocodiles may be present.
• Warning signs are there for your benefit! Ignoring them is foolish.
• Always check with local authorities and rangers whether an area is likely to contain crocodiles.
• If in doubt, always swim in designated swimming areas only.
• If there's no sign, don't go swimming.
• A spotlight or LED head-torch is strongly recommended at night so that any eyeshines can be seen, but a lack of eyeshines does not mean that it's safe to swim - crocodiles may be underwater.

© We suggest you also visit a website called http://parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/becrocwise

Croc trap- The Gorge Viewing Area on the Jim Jim walking track 400m from the carpark at Jim Jim Gorge in Kakadu National Park

How Get To Kakadu

Kakadu National Park an Australian Natural Icon covers almost 20,000 square kms and is 253 kms East of Darwin the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia. Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage listed, Kakadu National Park is the gateway to Arnhemland.

The sealed roads from Darwin to Kakadu is via the Arnhem Highway and from Katherine to Kakadu National Park via the Kakadu Highway. The Bowali Visitor Centre near Jabiru in Kakadu National Park is located 253 km from Darwin in Northern Territory Australia via the Arnhem Highway entrance. If travelling by road, you should allow 3 hours travelling time from Darwin.

The beginning of Jim Jim track road

Seasons
The dry season which is approximatley which is classed generally as May - October each year.Though in current year the wet has not set in till late December or January and then finishes mid April.

Access
The dry season which is approximatley which is classed generally as May - October each year. Though in current year the wet has not set in till late December or January and then finishes mid April.

On the way we recommend you stop the the offical Bowali Vistors Centre for more information

Bowali Visitor Centre - photo courtesy of NT Tourism

Swimming In General

Are there certain times of the year that I can’t swim?
The seasonality of waterholes across the Northern Territory depend on the amount of rain throughout the year. NT Parks and Wildlife monitor water levels and erect signs advising visitors when it is safe to swim. Always obey sign posts. Check the latest access report on the web, www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks/access.html.

How can you identify if a water-hole is safe to swim in?
Salt and freshwater crocodiles are found in most Top End billabongs and rivers, and are occasionally seen on remote beaches. The accessible rivers and billabongs are generally sign-posted if saltwater crocodiles are known to inhabit the area, but if you are not sure, don’t swim. Swim only where recommended and always observe and read the crocodile warning signs.

Aren’t swimming spots hard to get to or only acesible as part of a tour?
All the swimming spots in Darwin, Litchfield National Park, Katherine, Mataranka and the MacDonnell Ranges are accessible by self-drive. A few locations are only accessible by four wheel-drive, such as Butterfly Gorge Nature Park and Tjaynera Falls in Litchfield National Park. Tour operators with swimming options include Adventure Tours Australia, Australian Pacific Touring, Intrepid Connections Safaris, Wilderness Adventures and many more.

Jim Jim Falls is a seasonal waterfall- we found it virtually dry's up towards the end of the season.
Safety Information Telephone
Life threatening emergency 000
NRMA - Road side service 13 1111
Medical - Jabiru Health Clinic (08) 8979 2018
Poisons Information Centre 13 1126
Park Headquarters (08) 8938 1100
• (during business hours)
Ranger Stations Telephone
South Alligator ranger station
• (near the Kakadu Resort)
(08) 8979 0194
East Alligator ranger station
• (near the Border Store)
(08) 8979 2291
Jim Jim ranger station
• (near the Yellow Water turn-off)
(08) 8979 2038
Mary River ranger station
• (6km north of the Wirnwirnmila Mary River Roadhouse)
(08) 8975 4578

The emerancy phone system at Jim Jim.Emergency call devices
Emergency call devices are to be used in emergencies only. Follow the instructions located on the devices.

Emergency call devices can be found at:
• West Alligator Head
• Jim Jim Falls
• Twin Falls
• Graveside Gorge
• Maguk
• Gunlom
• Koolpin







Courtesy of http://www.parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/index.html ©

Gunlom Fact Sheet - http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/national-parks/kakadu-national-park ©

Courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism for the promotion of tourism to Kakadu National Park

Protect Your Reserve

  • All native plants and animals in the Reserve are protected.
  • Guns and traps are prohibited.
  • Areas of this Reserve do not allow pets, however exercise areas are set aside for dogs and horses.
  • Signs throughout the Reserve explain these conditions.
  • Please observe these regulations.
  • Take care with fire - light fires only in the fire places provided.
  • Please dispose of litter properly.
  • Vehicles must remain on formed roads - off road is only by foot.
  • Safety Note: Saltwater (estuarine) crocodiles occur in billabongs and at the sea; for your safety do not enter the water. See the Visitor Safety page for more information.
Parks & Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory

Head Office - Goyder Centre 25 Chung Wah Tce Palmerston, NT 0830
PO Box 496 Palmerston NT 0831
Ph: +61 (0) 8 8999 5511

Information courtesy of http://www.tourismnt.com.au/

Kakadu National Park - Seasons

But Australia's Kakadu sees seasons of varied extremes -- so varied, in fact, that the park's longtime aboriginal inhabitants have divided the year into six distinct seasons.
• Kakadu Seasons - Gunumeleng Pre-Monsoon Storm Season - Gunumeleng, from mid-October to late December, may in fact last from a few weeks to several months.
• Kakadu Seasons - Gudjewg - Monsoon Season - Gudjewg, from January to March, can be described as the 'true' wet season.
• Kakadu Seasons - Banggereng - Knock 'em down storm Season - Banggerreng, in April, is the season when the rain clouds have dispersed and clear skies prevail.
• Kakadu Seasons - Yegge - Cooler but still humid Season - Yegge, from May to mid-June, is relatively cool with low humidity.
• Kakadu Seasons - Wurrgeng - Cold Weather Season - Wurrgeng, from mid-June to mid-August, is the 'cold weather' time; humidity is low, daytime temperatures are around 30°C and night-time temperatures are around 17°C.
• Kakadu Seasons - Gurrung - Hot Dry Weather - Gurrung, from mid-August to mid-October, is hot and dry.

Resources
• www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/
• www.environment.gov.au/parks/
• www.facebook.com/RoadReportNT
• www.roadreport.nt.gov.au/
• www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport/
• www.toiletmap.gov.au/
• www.travelnt.com/
• http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/

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