Edith Falls – the final day of the Jatbula Trail

We ended our 6 day walk with the final 5km down from Sweetwater Pools to Edith Falls.

Edith Falls was a welcome site at the end of the walk – it’s probably one of my favourite swimming/relaxing spots in the Top End! It also has great hot showers and flushing toilets, and this year the kiosk is back to so we treated ourselves to a burger!

The campground can get pretty busy in the tourist season so we booked our spot for the night as soon as we there around lunch time.

We then had to drive our car from Edith back to Katherine to pick up the second car…. Then drive both cars back to Edith where we planned to spend the night relaxing. I believe you can organise a shuttle bus to pick you up from Edith Falls to return you to the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre where the walk started… but for convenience my partner and I just took both of our cars down. We left one at Edith Falls and drove the second to Katherine to start the Jatbula trail.

The good thing about camping at Edith Falls is that despite the campground getting busy, there are actually four different swimming spots to enjoy here so there’s usually enough space to get away from the crowds if you need to! We met a couple of American travellers here too who had only planned to stay at Edith for one night but loved it that much they’d ended up staying for three! There’s a few different walks so there is enough to enjoy for more than one day.

I’ve been to Edith many times… So here’s a selection of the recent shots from the bottom pools plus a few favourites of the different areas from different visits;


Edith reflections1LR

The below shot is from a previous trip, but just to show you where I waded out to with the camera!
Edith's Reflections


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edith falls shadowsLR

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And this is the upper pools, late dry season
Edith Falls


Further on from the Upper Pools, is a spot called Long hole (I think!?):


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And further up higher than this is Sweetwater Pools:



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Can you tell I love Edith Falls?!!

Have you been? Would love to hear your thoughts and adventures!

And if you are travelling to our region, the turn off to Edith is clearly signed from the Stuart Highway, around 50km north of Katherine… It’s on the edge of the Nitmiluk National Park, and it’s definitely worth a stop!


  • Absolutely loved your blog Louise. We are walking Jatbula on August 14 and reading your blog makes me feel much better prepared, loved your photos too.

    • Thanks for the comment Jenny! I’m glad you enjoyed the write up – I hope you love the trek as much as I did!
      I’m hopefully off on the Table Top Track in Litchfield over the next few weeks too – love exploring the Top End!

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