Twin Falls

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

About Twin Falls

Hiking Distance: tour
Suggested Time: 75-90 minutes

Date first visited: 2006-06-06
Date last visited: 2006-06-06

Waterfall Latitude: -13.32124
Waterfall Longitude: 132.7817

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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.

Jim_Jim_Falls_121_06052006 - Twin Falls
Twin Falls

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 we were unable to experience the falls by land as a late season cyclone all but ensured that there’d be too much water to open the Jim Jim Road in June 2006.

Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls

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.

Jim_Jim_Falls_033_jx_06062006 - Jim Jim Falls
Jim Jim Falls

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).

Speculations about the Land Tour Experience

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 trade-off between good flow and accessibility, Jim Jim Creek might be deep enough to require a deep creek crossing.

Jim_Jim_Falls_124_06052006 - Looking straight down at Twin Falls
Looking straight down at Twin Falls

In order for the vehicle to not stall in the water on such a crossing, 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.

That said, the trail was said to be in the process of being upgraded in June 2022, which was the last time we tried to visit this waterfall by land (though to no avail because we were apparently two weeks too early).

Anyways, 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.

So like with Jim Jim Falls, we’ll have to come back here to complete the Twin Falls experience.

Finally, in order to get the latest information about what’s open and what’s closed in Kakadu National Park, Parks Australia provides a Kakadu Access report, which is updated pretty frequently so you can consult it for your trip planning needs.


Twin Falls resides in Kakadu National Park near Jabiru in the Northern Territory. It is administered jointly by Parks Australia and the Bininj/Mungguy People. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Jim_Jim_Falls_052_06052006 - Flying amongst the escarpment lands with some haze from controlled burns
Jim_Jim_Falls_038_jx_06062006 - Looking down at the narrow gorge containing Twin Falls
Jim_Jim_Falls_117_06052006 - Approaching Twin Falls from the air
Jim_Jim_Falls_096_06052006 - Closer look at Twin Falls from the air
Jim_Jim_Falls_111_06052006 - Direct look down at Twin Falls
Jim_Jim_Falls_118_06052006 - Contextual look at Twin Falls at an angle
Jim_Jim_Falls_040_jx_06062006 - Looking down at Twin Falls using Julie's camera
Jim_Jim_Falls_041_jx_06062006 - Flying over Twin Falls and its many tiers
Jim_Jim_Falls_043_jx_06062006 - Awkwardly angled view of Twin Falls as we were circling over it
Jim_Jim_Falls_046_jx_06062006 - Our last look at Twin Falls as we were flying away; showing its full context with the surrounding escarpments and bushlands

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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