Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls were stunning – a must-see if you're stopping by Kakadu. As access is via 4WD tracks, we joined Steve's Top End Explorer tour.
Unlike some of the other operators, Steve runs a small, intimate group: 5 members on our tour, just enough to comfortably fit into his new, modern Landcruiser.
Steve picked us up from the Kakadu Lodge at 6.45am.
He was friendly and happy to share his extensive knowledge about the local area.
We went to Twin Falls first. From the car park, it was a short and easy walk to the boats for a shuttle ride towards the Falls. The scenery on the short boat ride was beautiful, and the operator stopped along the way for us to check out the wildlife. Once off the boat, there was a climb over and around large rocks to reach the Falls. They were impressive (can't swim there though because of crocodiles) and Steve provided us with morning tea by the waterfall. There was plenty of time to take in the scenery, for photos, etc.
Then back to the car and onto Jim Jim Falls. From that car park, the path started off fairly easy and progressed onto hops and climbs over large rocks. Lunch was served at a picturesque spot along the way, and we then had a couple of hours or so to relax on the beach, go for a swim in the cool waters of the plunge pool (200m across and 50m deep we were told) and/or the rock pools (much more shallow).
The Falls are remote and a moderate level of fitness and agility is required. Having said that, we saw that young and old visitors alike made the trek on the day. My husband did it with a taped-up ankle (from a sprain three days earlier). We took a little longer, but Steve's tour was at a relaxed pace and the extra time we required was comfortably accommodated. We were dropped back off at our accommodation before 5pm.
Jim Jim Falls has to be experienced first hand. No photos we have seen has done it justice; you really have to see it with your own eyes to truly appreciate the scale of the place. An absolute must-see and Steve's the guy to show you.
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November 23, 2013
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What a day you had indeed! It's been a few months since Steve showed you some of Kakadu's special places -- but I'd still like to take the opportunity to thank ypu for leaving your feedback!
Never mind a dud battery! When you come on tour with us we'll do our best to make your day memorable (in the most positive way) and we're happy to put our local knowledge (and at times our connections to the local mechanics workshop) to good use!
Steve would have explained to you why we can access Twin Falls only after crocodile surveys have been completed and the infrastructure has been put in place.
But visiting Maguk would have been just as rewarding during this years' early dry season as it was so lush and green in the gorge as we hadn't seen it for years! Love that place!
Thanks again for travelling with us!
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