5 Insta-worthy backdrops in the Northern Territory
Are you looking to bump up the Instagram stakes with some hot destination porn? Choose from majestic waterfalls, crystal clear gorges, vast escarpments and more wildlife than your heart can handle.
The Northern Territory is the home of #nofilter. You can travel around at any time of day, armed with your iPhone, and behold a bunch of stunning sights that barely require any effort on your part to capture. In fact, the NT has a bit of a ‘pretty boy’ rep.
No matter how big a person you are (or pretend to be), we all enjoy inducing envy in our peers and you can rest assured that flipping your hair in front of a waterfall will do the trick. There are few sights as magnificent as a waterfall in full flow, and after the wet season (November to April), the Northern Territory is practically gushing. Here are five of our faves where braggability is guaranteed.
Jim Jim Falls
Let’s just say, there’s a reason why this Kakadu landmark is the Northern Territory’s best-known waterfall: drama, drama, drama. Jim Jim Falls is 150-metre-high cliffs that plunge spectacularly into the pool below, framed by the green of a monsoon forest. Of course nothing comes for free, and you’ll have to trek through said forest before scrambling over boulders to get to the waterhole - so you need to be fit and have a sense of adventure. If the glute workout isn’t incentive enough, the Insta-attention will be.
Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park
Ask any local and they will take you by both shoulders and steer you toward Litchfield National Park. Located just 90 minutes from Darwin, this is like taking a weekend getaway inside a Disney animation. We’re talking water holes GALORE. One of the sweetest spots, hands down, in the entire park is Florence Falls. It’s an easy stroll from the car park through forest down to the waterhole, where twin waterfalls cascade into the cool waters. Shady trees fringe the water, making this the perfect place to crack open a tinnie (beer) and put away a few sangas (sandwiches).
Tjaetaba Falls, Litchfield National Park
Unlike nearby Florence Falls, Tjaetaba Falls are often overlooked by other travellers, so you might even end up having this panoramic perch all to yourselves. Don’t forget your boots, because there’s a bit of let’s-get-physical activity involved. Firstly, you’ll have to pull in at Greenant Creek and follow the 1.4 kilometre (0.9 mile) path uphill to the Tjaetaba Falls Lookout. There you’ll find a small pool above the falls where you can swim and a view that you can ogle. However, the plunge pool at the bottom of the falls is actually considered a sacred site and swimming there is strongly discouraged, so please be respectful.
Edith Falls, Nitmiluk National Park
Edith Falls, also known as Leliyn Falls, is just 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Katherine and the ideal spot to swim, stroll and (while you’re at it) take selfies. Sure, the falls aren’t quite as dramatic as others (*cough* Jim Jim) in the Territory, but there’s no denying the gentle cascade from the top of the escarpment is bloody soothing. Set up a nice little chill zone, lay back and listen to that trickle. Many peeps head straight for the lower pool, and it’s clear why: this lagoon is easily accessible from the car park and the amenities provide a heap of convenience with a picnic area, kiosk and toilets. However, if you want to stretch your legs, take the reasonably challenging 2.6 kilometre (1.6 miles) Leliyn Trail through groves of spinifex and grevillea to the less-visited upper pool. Search the hashtag on Instagram and you’ll get there faster than Usain Bolt on Red Bull.
Robin Falls, Adelaide River
The teeny tiny township of Adelaide River, about 115 kilometres (71 miles) south of Darwin, has a clear claim to fame: it is the home of the late Charlie the Buffalo, star of the movie Crocodile Dundee. Once you’ve had your moment with taxidermied Charlie at the Adelaide River Inn bar, head down to Robin Falls for a quick dip. Now, here’s an Instagram backdrop that is under the radar, confusing your followers and sparking their interest even more. The trail isn’t particularly well kept, so you’ll have to scramble over a few rocks, but once you get there you’ve earned these three-tiered falls.