In the morning, we drove southwest along the Kakadu Highway to the turn off to Gunlom Falls. From there it was another 46km on a fairly rough 4WD track to the falls. Once there a short but very steep walk (or scramble) got us to the top of the falls. At the top, there are a series of rock pools, happily there are enough to share with everybody who had made the trek up, and the views were magical. Ben and I swam and rock pool hopped to the top most pool. There was a smallish waterfall that feed this and we couldn’t go any further up.
After our picnic lunch we went to the bottom where there was a large swimming hole but only a very thin waterfall. Many of the waterfalls dry up during the dry; this would be a bit sad if that is all you saw. We know we have been spoilt and we are fussy.
We returned to the highway and on the way back to Cooinda took another 4WD track to Maguk, or Barramundi Gorge. A lovely walk along the creek led us to a pretty swimming hole and waterfall.
Back to camp at Cooinda, dinner and bed. Although Sam could hardly sleep, he was so excited about his birthday the next day.