An adventurous hike through a forest and a swim in a tropical waterfall followed by catching a couple of fish for dinner. Sound like a good day? Then Robin Falls in the Northern Territory could be your next adventure.
We acknowledge that this adventure is located on Kungarakan Nation, the traditional Country of the Kungarakan people who have occupied and cared for this land for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them as the Traditional Custodians and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.
- Stunning three-tiered waterfall
- Checking out a lesser-visited waterfall in the NT
- Camp right by the stream
Robin Falls is one of the NT’s hidden gems. Most people head out to Litchfield National Park to chase waterfalls, but what most people don’t know is that just outside of the boundaries of Litchfield lies an amazing adventure at Robin Falls.
The day we went there was quite rainy, which probably isn’t the safest time to go out to this waterfall because it’s possible you’ll get flooded in. However, Robin Falls has about three times as much water in it after rain, so it looks insane!
Read more: Staying Safe Around Swimming Holes
When you first arrive, you’ll find yourself at Robin Falls Rest Area. This is where you can park your car, or if you’re keen to stay the night, claim one of the campsites right by the stream.
From the car park, hike up along the stream for about 15-20 minutes through rocky, forest-like landscape until you hear the roar of the thumping water from above. The track follows alongside the stream but does involve maneuvering between or climbing over rocks.
You may need to cross the creek at some stage as well, so be aware of crocs! These are more likely to be around in the wet season though.
Read more: How To Stay Safe in Croc Country
Once you reach the waterfall, you’ve got a few options up your sleeve. Hang out on the rocks, dipping out of the pool.
We hiked up the waterfall as much as we could, but as all the rocks were extremely wet and slippery, we couldn’t get too high. But if you’re here during the dry season, you can rock scramble to the top and go for a swim at the pool at the top of the falls and look out over the valley the Robin Falls flows into. It’s incredible!
It’s important to note this adventure will be very different depending on the season you visit – wet season may mean it’s not safe to swim, whereas towards the end of the dry season may mean there’s not much water left to swim in at all.
If you’re a keen fisher, pack your rod and chick a line in the creek. There’s a high chance you’ll catch a couple of fish. We did!
Robin Falls is definitely one of my favourite waterfalls in the NT. If you like adventurous hikes through forests, swimming in tropical waterfalls, and catching a couple of fish, you’ll love it here!
Robin Falls Campground
The Robin Falls Rest Area can be used for more than just a little spell. There are a bunch of campsites that sit alongside the stream that are FREE to use and offer a gorgeous spot to sit and read by the water.
There are no bookings for this campground – it’s just first in best dressed.
As Robin Falls lies outside of any national park boundaries, the rest area and track are not as regularly managed, which means there’s often a lot of rubbish around and overflowing bins.
Don’t be that guy – just take your rubbish out with you and drop in back at Adelaide River.
Read more: Remember to leave no trace!
- Camera & tripod
- Swimmers & towel (in the dry season)
- Fishing rod (optional)
- Hiking boots (I did it in thongs, probably not the best idea)
- Salt – for the leeches in wet season!
How To Get There
Robin Falls is about a 1.5 hour drive south of Darwin. Follow the National Highway 1 from Darwin all the way south to Adelaide River (112.3km). The turnoff for Robin Falls is just past the petrol station and pub at Adelaide River onto Dorat Road. Follow this for 15km and the dirt road to Robin Falls will be on your right.
Please note although this isn’t an official 4WD road, there can often be some MAJOR potholes on this road, so be aware and enter sloooowly.
Beginner – Intermediate
The walk along the stream to Robin Falls is quite easy, however, there are moments when you have to cross parts of the stream and climb over rocks and logs.
Distance Covered / Duration
From the car park, Robin Falls is about 1.5km along the stream one way / 15-25 minutes depending on how high the stream is