Maguk Gorge, Kakadu National Park

4.9
#3 of 11 in Parks in Kakadu National Park
Featuring the only waterfall inside Kakadu National Park that flows even when there’s no rainfall, Maguk Gorge is part of a large World Heritage-listed area. A natural pool forms at the base of the steep gorge, with calm waters surrounded by lush native vegetation. This irresistible swimming spot attracts thousands of visitors each year, arriving here after an exciting climb up a rustic trail. Camping areas with basic toilet facilities, as well as picnic tables and barbecues, are available nearby. Adventurous travelers can also choose a 4WD tour in and around the area. Keep in mind that freshwater crocodiles often live in natural pools such as this one, and although they are usually shy around people, they should not be disturbed or approached. A visit to Maguk Gorge represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kakadu National Park road trip planning site to plot your vacation.
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  • The entrance to the Maguk Gorge via a gravel road. In the dry season, a 4WD is not strictly necessary, unless for insurance purposes. From the parking lot to reach the rock pool in a 20-minute stroll. Even to the end of the dry season, plentiful water for a gorgeous bathroom is available. Also the waterfall splashes even if not too strong, it has the advantage that you can place underneath. A beautiful excursion not to be missed.
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  • For my review, I refer to my assessment of the Maguk Falls. The Falls and the Grge represent 1 whole. What I would like to emphasize is that this destination belongs at the top of Kakado NP.
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  • It takes longer to go to the Maguk than to Gunlum but the pool is as amazing as Gunlum but different. You can walk to the top but the signage is poor and the road is hard but our girls at 6 and 9 years managed it fine even though the youngest was extremely tired at the end. Not a trip for young children under 6 years. 1.5 hour trekking each way
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