Three-time Red Bull Cliff Diving World Champion, Rhiannan Iffland, became the first person in history to dive in one of the most captivating places on earth.
With childhood friend, Emily, by her side, the pair set out for an adventure to the Northern Territory's Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks, visiting the Nitmiluk and Maguk Gorges.
Red Bull TV followed Iffland's journey to Australia's "Top End" as they captured her quest to reinvigorate her passion for diving.
Iffland started diving at the age of 10 after starting trampolining around two years earlier but she continued to juggle both sports until she was 16, when she was offered a spot at the NSW Institute of Sport, training alongside the likes of Melissa Wu and Matthew Mitcham.
After jumping from the 10m board, it was time to take it to the next level and she accepted a contract as a performer onboard Royal Caribbean’s ‘Allure of the Seas’ where she would dive from 17.5m.
From that day her desire for cliff diving was born and in 2015 she received an invitation to the Red Bull Cliff Diving event as a spectator. The following year, Iffland was granted a wildcard entry and she took out the title in her first year.
Along the journey, she completed 15 dives in total across the Nitmiluk Gorge system, including her highest ever dive at 24m. Her first dive was at a spot known as ‘Jedda’s Leap’, located in the second gorge of Nitmiluk Gorge where she completed three dives in front of the Jawoyn community.
Iffland also had a once in a lifetime experience with the land's traditional owners, The Jawoyn People and with Bolung, The Rainbow Serpent.
Bolung is an important figure in Jawoyn Dreaming, who is believed to inhabit the deep green pools found in the second Gorge so, in order to appease Bolung and allow Iffland to dive in the Gorge, the Jawoyn People performed a Welcome to Country to give her their blessing.
But what happened during the ceremony was something that could never be forgotten.
“To experience the song and dance was something very special in itself, but what happened next was incredible and left us all with goosebumps; in absolute disbelief at what we had just witnessed,” Iffland said.