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Jatbula Trail, Northern Territory

As beautiful as it is remote, the Jatbula Trail is a multi-day hike through the heart of the Northern Territory.

Hiking Severe

61 km
786 m
770 m
1 day +
Low Point
118 m
High Point
311 m
Jatbula Trail, Northern Territory Map

The Jatbula Trail is a popular multi-day hiking trail located in Nitmiluk National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia. The trail is approximately 61 km / 38 miles, with the most popular itinerary tackling the hike over five days / four nights.


The Trail follows the path of the traditional owners of the land, the Jawoyn people, through a variety of landscapes including sandstone escarpments, waterfalls, and swimming holes. Along the way, hikers will encounter a wide range of plants and wildlife, including native animals such as wallabies and crocodiles.

The Jatbula Trail is a challenging hike, with some steep and rocky sections. Due to the remoteness of the trail, it is recommended for experienced hikers only, who are in good physical condition. Anyone attempting the trail needs to be well prepared and self-sufficient, as there are no facilities or services along the way. Hikers must carry all of their own gear, food, and supplies, and must be prepared for all weather conditions.

The Jatbula Trail is a popular challenge for hikers from around the world, and is known for its stunning natural beauty and unique wildlife. It is a great way to experience the rugged wilderness of the Northern Territory and learn about the cultural history of the Jawoyn people.

Note: A limited number of walkers are allowed to start the trail each day so booking in advance is essential.

A five day itinerary for the Jatbula Trail: Stage one: Nitmiluk Gorge to Biddlecombe Cascade (Distance: 8.3km) Stage two: Biddlecomb Cascade to Crystal Falls (Distance: 11km) Stage Three: Crystal Falls to 17 Mile Falls (Distance: 10km) Stage Four: 17 Mile Falls to Sandy Camp (Distance: 16.8km) Stage Five: Sandy Camp to Edith Falls (Distance: 15.6km)



Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between June and September


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Summit Hike
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation