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Australia travel: How to visit Maguk Barramundi Gorge in Kakadu National Park, NT

Travellers are diving into a sparkling rockpool in the shade of a waterfall at a majestic gorge reminiscent of a movie set.

Hidden in the heart of Kakadu National Park, NT, Maguk Barramundi Gorge is one of the region’s lesser-known attractions, captivating visitors with its pristine plunge pool and cascading falls – one of the only ones in the area that flows without rain.

Hailed as one of the most authentic nature experiences in the Top End, the gorge is surrounded by striking savannah landscape which provides the perfect backdrop for eye-catching photos.

Tourists and travel vloggers have been snapping stunning shots by the water, with ‘van life’ couple Luke and Jess calling a perfect piece of paradise.

Travellers are diving into a sparkling rockpool in the shade of a waterfall at a majestic gorge reminiscent of a movie set

Maguk Barramundi Gorge is 280.2 km east of Darwin, NT

Maguk Barramundi Gorge is 280.2 km east of Darwin, NT

‘You bet we spent all day perched here,’ they captioned a photo that shows them sitting side by side at the edge of the pool.

Australian influencer Hayley Anderson shared a video of herself jumping into the water, saying: ‘Words can not describe how amazing this part of the world is.’

Followers were quick to rave about the scene, with comments including ‘beautiful’ and ‘simply spectacular’.

‘Wow, what a place!’ one person wrote, while a second said: ‘This cannot be real life.’

Hidden in the heart of Kakadu National Park, NT, Maguk Barramundi Gorge is one of the region's lesser-known attraction

It captivates visitors with its pristine plunge pool and cascading falls - one of the only ones in the area that flows without rain

The gorge captivates visitors with its pristine plunge pool and cascading falls – one of the only ones in the area that flows without rain

Hailed as one of the most authentic nature experiences in the Top End, the gorge is surrounded by striking savannah landscape which provides the perfect backdrop for eye-catching photos

Hailed as one of the most authentic nature experiences in the Top End, the gorge is surrounded by striking savannah landscape which provides the perfect backdrop for eye-catching photos

The gorge can be reached by taking the Maguk turn off the Kakadu Highway and driving along 12 kilometres of unsealed road, best travelled by 4WD, according to travel blog, Venture North.

At the end of the road, it says you will find a two kilometre walking track that winds through lush bushland, giving travellers a chance to see the landscape and its wildlife up close.

And Maguk is not the only ‘hidden gem’ drawing tourists to the Northern Territory while Australia’s international border remains closed.

Tourists and travel vloggers have been snapping stunning shots by the water, with 'van life' couple Luke and Jess calling a perfect piece of paradise

Tourists and travel vloggers have been snapping stunning shots by the water, with ‘van life’ couple Luke and Jess calling a perfect piece of paradise

A colossal 15,000km south, van lifers sticking to the road to escape lockdown are stopping at Ormiston Gorge, which is said to look like a water colour painting at sunset.

Sitting 135 kilometres west of Alice Springs in Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park, NT, the gorge has been hailed as the ‘heart of Australia’, inspiring visitors with its towering red cliffs that loom large over a sparkling waterhole.

The miniature lake, which is there year round despite the region’s famously dry climate, is a great place to swim, while its banks provide the perfect perch to admire plants and native animals.

Australian travellers living on the road to escape Covid lockdowns are stopping at a spectacular gorge that looks like a water colour painting at sunset

Australian travellers living on the road to escape Covid lockdowns are stopping at a spectacular gorge that looks like a water colour painting at sunset

Sitting 135 kilometres west of Alice Springs in Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park, NT, Ormiston Gorge has been hailed as the 'heart of Australia

Sitting 135 kilometres west of Alice Springs in Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park, NT, Ormiston Gorge has been hailed as the ‘heart of Australia

Photos of the breathtaking scenery have sparked stunned responses on social media, with many saying they can’t wait to visit the gorge once restrictions are eased further across New South Wales and Victoria.

‘Wow, be there soon,’ one person wrote

‘Adding this amazing spot to my list,’ said a second, while a third added: ‘So dreamy, there are so many gems in Central Australia!’

Another called Ormiston a ‘must-visit’ for anyone exploring the Northern Territory. 

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