Edith Falls, or Leliyn in the Aboriginal Jawoyn language, is a series of cascading waterfalls and pools on the Edith River in Nitmiluk National Park. (The traditional lands of the Jawoyn people were thought to cover about 9,800 square kilometres in the Katherine Gorge area in the Northern Territory, which they call Nitmiluk.) The falls descend from an elevation of 176 metres above sea level, ranging in height from about eight to twelve metres.
The lowest cascade is easily reached from the carpark at the end of Edith Falls Road.
Swimming is popular at the cascades, with both the lower pool (below) and upper pools, as well as Sweetwater Pool (8.6km return) which is further upstream, accessible by foot. Swimming is possible year-round, except at times due to dangerous conditions at times during the wet season, when the pools may be closed.
Getting to Edith Falls
Edith Falls are located on the western side of Nitmiluk National Park, and are reached by a sealed road turning off the Stuart Highway 42km north of Katherine. The sealed road suitable for all vehicles, and is open year-round, althoug it may occasionally be closed due to flooding in the Wet season (November-March).
The waterfall is also the end of the 66km, multi-day Jatbula walk which starts at Nitmiluk Gorge.
- NT Gov – Leliyn (Edith Falls) factsheet [PDF download]