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.
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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