Twin Falls

Kakadu National Park / West Arnhem / near Cooinda / near Jabiru, Northern Territory, Australia

Rating: 3.5     Difficulty: 1
Twin Falls
Twin Falls was another gorgeous series of waterfalls that tumbled about 180m from its escarpment into the shadowy depths below. Contrasting the neighboring Jim Jim Falls, this waterfall didn't quite have the dramatic plunge, but it did feature many segments and drops so it had a completely different character about it. From the shadowy gorge at its base (we did happen to visit in the late afternoon), we also could see that this waterfall was more sandwiched in a narrow gorge possibly creating a more intimate experience at its base. Of course, we're only speculating on that last bit about intimate experiences because our land-based tour to get here was cancelled thanks to Cyclone Monica providing unseasonably late Wet Season downpours just a month prior to our visit in June 2006.

Speaking of neighboring Jim Jim Falls, it seemed like a visit to Twin Falls would typically be combined with Jim Jim Falls. I guess we could've combined the writeup on this page to that one, but instead of cluttering the Jim Jim Falls page with two big waterfalls, we thought we had enough to say about this waterfall on its own so we gave it its own page.

Like Jim Jim Falls, we had to time our visit in order to get the best of two competing requirements - i.e. good flow from the Wet Season and accessibility typically available in the Dry Season. Obviously, the longer we would wait in the Dry Season, the less flow this falls owuld have. That was the primary reason why we tried to time our visit for the very start of the Dry Season in June. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans so we had to react and respond accordingly (hence the aerial photos you see on this page).

Had we been able to do the land tour to Jim Jim Falls plus the option to continue onto Twin Falls, we would've had to ride the 4wd further along the road, which involved a crossing of Jim Jim Creek. As part of that tradeoff between good flow and accessibility, Jim Jim Creek might be deep enough to require a deep creek crossing. In order for the vehicle to not stall in the water, it would have to be equipped with a snorkel to ensure water wouldn't get into the most critical parts of the engine.

Once the 4wd driving section was done, we then were aware that we would either have to raft or canoe our way further upstream to the beach right by the gorgeous falls. Swimming was strongly discouraged as saltwater crocodiles were said to roam the area from time to time.

In any case, considerations like these were what compelled Julie and I to book with a land tour to handle such logistics. It was just too bad that we had to cancel given Cyclone Monica's effects. So we'll have to come back here to complete the Twin Falls experience.

Directions: Typically Twin Falls is combined with an excursion (whether by land or by air) to Jim Jim Falls. See the Jim Jim Falls page for more detailed directions. By the way, on such a tour, we could have taken the all-day or multi-day land tour options that would leave from Cooinda/Jabiru or Darwin, respectively.

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Looking straight down at Twin Falls
Typically, visits to Twin Falls are integrated with visits to Jim Jim Falls - whether by land or by the air
We stayed in Cooinda, which was close to Jim Jim Road as well as the home of the Yellow Water Cruise on the Jim Jim Billabong, where you can see Saltwater Crocodiles like this one
Part of what makes Kakadu National Park a powerfully immersive experience as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the chance at seeing Aboroginal artifacts at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock
Flying amongst the escarpment lands with some haze from controlled burnsFlying amongst the escarpment lands with some haze from controlled burns

Looking down at the narrow gorge containing Twin FallsLooking down at the narrow gorge containing the falls

Approaching Twin Falls from the airApproaching the falls from the air

Closer look at Twin Falls from the airCloser look at the falls from the air

Direct look down at Twin FallsDirect view down at the falls

Contextual look at Twin Falls at an angleContextual look at the falls at an angle

Looking down at Twin Falls using Julie's cameraLooking down at the falls using Julie's camera

Flying over Twin Falls and its many tiersFlying over the falls and its many tiers

Awkwardly angled view of Twin Falls as we were circling over itAwkwardly angled view of the falls as we were circling over it

Our last look at Twin Falls as we were flying away; showing its full context with the surrounding escarpments and bushlandsOur last look at the falls as we were flying away; showing its full context with the surrounding escarpments and bushlands

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