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Maguk Gorge or Barramundi Gorge
in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory Australia

The name of Barramundi Gorge or also known as Barramundie Gorge in Kakadu National Park has been changed to Maguk in the southern end of Kakadu National Park around 4 hours from Darwin, the capital city of Darwin in Norrthern Territory Australia.

Where Is Maguk Gorge or Barramundie Gorge

Located an hour's drive south from Cooinda past the Cooinda turnoff in the South of the park on the Kakadu Highway, in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, is Maguk a gorge within the Stone Country. A 14 kilometre four-wheel drive trip, followed by a one kilometre walk, leads to a beautiful natural plunge pool at the base of the steep gorge walls.

Nearby is the Maguk bush camping area. After resting, take the short but moderatly difficult climb to the top of the waterfall where there sits crystal clear pools that are perfect for a refreshing dip. The panoramic view also makes the hike worth the effort, affording a panoramic view. Facilities BBQ Facilities Car park Picnic Area Public Telephone.

App 1.15 hour from Cooinda to the Maguk carpark. Slow driving is recommended.

Visited mainly by specialized soft adventure tour operators such as Adventure Tours, Gecko Canoeing, ATA, Connections Safaris, Wayoutback Safaris, Gagudju Dreaming Tours. You can see a selection of the tours to Maguk at www.australia4tours.com.

Maguk or Barramundi Gorge is usually visted in the afternoon after folks visit Jim Jim Falls. This can be a very long day.

Maguk Gorge or Barramundi 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.

Compared to Twin falls and Jim Jim Falls selfdrive routes Maguk or Barramundi Gorge is compartively easier. Choices for 4wd rental vehicles for this route are the Britz wagon 4x4, Britz Safari, Hitop Bushcamper, especially the Britz Safari, TB Rooftop tent 4WD, hire selfdrive vehicles. Also the Apollo and Cheapa's Hilux Adventure.

You can see all these 4WD vehicles for hire at Australia 4 Wheel Drive Rentals.

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

Blog 1:

I just did a search of Google and the first 7 choices all had the same paragraph on Maguk. Hopefully this is a much more informative blog to guide you. Sept 9th, 2007 my wife and I took a one day tour to Jim Jim and Twin Falls.

But the crossing at Twin Falls was to deep so the guide opted for Maguk Gorge also known as Barramundi Gorge. Being a local I can only remember the name - Barramundie Gorge. Anyway the road in was actually not to bad for September.

It was all 4X4 driving but rather well maintained - I know though it is under water a fair bit of the time in the Tropical Summer season November late to early March. I noticed there wasn't a toilet at Maguk so just to let you know. The walk was very relaxing for the first part as you can see.

The boardwalk was my favourite and the surrounding flora was well engulfing. Signage as always blended in to the landscape but was quite visbale and very clear directions.

I noticed it was mostly tour companies not many just NT Immersions , Kakadu 4WD Safaris, Aussie Adventure. The boardwalk finished and the path began to become sandy. Not sure whether it was better with or without sandals.

 

Rob's Blog 2:

I just did a search of Google and the first 7 choices all had the same paragraph on Maguk. Hopefully this is a much more informative blog to guide you. Sept 9th my wife and I took a one day tour to Jim Jim and Twin Falls.

But the crossing at twin was to deep so the guide opted for Maguk - Barramundie Gorge. Being a local I can only remember the name - Barramundie Gorge.

Anyway the road in was actually not to bad for September. It was all 4X4 driving but rather well maintained - I know though it is under water a fair bit of the time in the Tropical Summer season November late to early March.

I noticed there wasn't a toilet at maguk so just to let you know. The walk was very relaxing for the first part as you can see.

Rob's Blog 3:

The boardwalk was my favourite and the surrounding flora was well engulfing.

Signage as always blended in to the landscape but was quite visable and very clear directions.

 

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

Rob's Blog 4:

The track continued on past the most sensational, pristine jade green pool.

You see the fish swimming around at the waters edge.

It was around 300 m past here that the track became a bit uneven.

 

Rob's Blog 5:

Now I am not he fittest person and there was a couple in their 70's zoom past me, really quiet embrassing. I and Marg took our time and were the last and what was great we had 3 guiedes for 16 folks and one guide stayed with us and told us about the surrounding area and we continued on.

There was some areas that seemed more very slighlty more difficult but then lately it's hard for me to climb onto the couch at home.

The averge reasonably fit person would think it was easy.

Rob's Blog 6:

There was the crossing (see right) at one stage to get to the other side. careful rock stepping can be a it tricky so take your time.

We finally reached the falls and stayed there for 1hour.

There is a sandy section encassed by rocks on the left at the waters edge were we all seemed to lay our towels out and food.

Rob's Blog 7:

A total of 30 people from 5 years old to 75 years old around the total falls area. The water wasn't warm and wasn't cold. It was about mild but once it it became warm.

Marg went in which she never swims and stayed around the edge.

The bottom was sandy and stay shallow for around 2 metres then goes to about 1.8 metres deep for about 1m then it goes deep.

Rob's Blog 8:

So at the main end of the falls not shallow.

Though from the falls side there was the sandy bank and seeminly a shallow waters at the very waters egde only.

See the picture bottom right behind the Pandanas Palm.

The walk back gave us time to really appreciate the landscape and scenery a lot more as on the way in you seem to concentrate more on getting there.

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Rob

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 To Maguk - Barramundi Gorge
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.

What To See And Do At Maguk - Barramundi Gorge
Maguk / Barramundi Gorge - A one kilometre walk through monsoon rainforest leads to the base of a beautiful plunge pool.

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, Connections Safaris, Odyssey Tours and Safaris and many more'.

Walking:
A 1.5km circular walk takes you past an ancient Aboriginal shelter and several outstanding art sites. A moderately steep climb to Gunwarddehwardde lookout provides impressive views of Kakadu's escarpment and Nourlangie Rock.

The Barramundie Creek Circuit
This is a distance of 26.5km. The grade is hard and one should allow 3 days. This circuit traverses rugged, trackless terrain and should be attemted by fit, experienced walkers. There is a book covering this walk the author is John Daly and we supply this book to our clients on specific rentals.

How Get To Maguk - Barramundi Gorge

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.

Facilities at Maguk - Barramundi Gorge general area

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Telephone

Where to stay

Muirella Park Camping Area (check wet season access)
Access to showers, toilets and a generator is available. Camping fees (adults only) are collected on site during the dry season. Please pay at the Bowali Visitor Centre during the wet season.

Bush Camping Area (Dry season only, 4WD recommended)
A free camping area with composting toilet is available beyond Muirella Park at Sandy Billabong. Drinking water is not available.

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

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

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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