• Length: 2km

  • Duration: 1hr

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Maguk Car Park

  • End: Maguk Car Park

  • Closest Town: Cooinda

  • Location: Kakadu National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 348km

  • State: NT

  • Latitude: -13.18646811

  • Longitude: 132.5143433


Maguk is a 2km, grade 3 Return hike located in Kakadu National Park Northern Territory. The hike should take approximately 1hrs to complete.


Located an hour’s drive south from Cooinda, in a World Heritage-listed Kakadu National park is Maguk.

A 14 kilometre four-wheel drive trip off the Kakadu Highway, followed by a one kilometre walk, leads to a beautiful natural plunge pool at the base of the steep gorge walls.

One of Kakadu’s lesser known plunge pools and waterfalls, Maguk, is truly a gem for all to experience.

A 4WD is required to access the site, with a 2km return walk through monsoon forests crossing Barramundi Creek leading to a pristine waterfall and plunge pool.

Spot the spangled drongos and rainbow pitas in the rainforest, swim with the black bream in the plunge pool and marvel at the majestic endemic Anbinik trees along the rocky slopes.

An entry fee of AUD25.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required to enter Kakadu National park.

Getting there

A 14 kilometre four-wheel drive trip off the Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory

About the region

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is the unforgettable Australian experience. An opportunity to go beyond simple tourism to witness one of the world’s great nature reserves, listed as a World Heritage Area for both its cultural and natural heritage.

Kakadu National Park offers visitors a remarkable array of experiences, from cruising on Yellow Water Billabong with 290 bird varieties and its famed wildlife, through to exploring Australia’s 50,000 year Indigenous heritage through Kakadu’s rich natural rock art galleries.

At the heart of this compelling destination is Kakadu Tourism, a fully-Indigenous owned operation that provides the region’s most authentic and professional tour options and accommodation.


For more information on these trails please visit the Do the NT.