Litchfield National Park (NT)

Litchfield National Park is perhaps the best kept secret of the Northern Territory just a 60-minute drive to the south of Darwin.

The park is packed with beautiful waterfalls and waterholes surrounded by monsoonal forests of vineyards-all providing a cool respite on warm summer days.

A drive through Litchfield is full of similarities, and some of the Top End’s most huge termite mounds. Cabin, camping and caravan sites are within short driving distance from the gates of the park.

Swim under beautiful spring-fed waterfalls in the clear water-holes. Wangi Falls is the most famous and best known attraction within the park. It’s both handsome and available.

The magnificent Florence Falls cascade into a monsoon forest plunge pool set in a ring. It is a little heavenly slice, and a relaxing swim.

Soak in Buley Rockhole ‘s tender, three-tiered baths. A picturesque place shaded by the surrounding rainforest and just a short drive from Florence and Wangi. This is a popular local location. You can miss the crowds if you visit on a weekday and enjoy the magic.

Tolmer Falls is a highlight but your walking shoes are ready. The 1.6 km loop walk parallels the stream, and you’ll see the flowing water before falling 101 metres down into the lake.

Take the less travelled route. Surprise Creek Falls is only accessible by 4WD, as two river crossings are visible along the way. From the carpark there is a short walk through lush monsoon forest which leads to a deep rock pool and a small waterfall.

Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek) is to be found along the same 4WD track. It is a mild 3.4 km walk so take your walking shoes with you. Overall the falls are uncrowded. For most of the day, the diving pool is shaded and allows for a cool and relaxing swim.

Listen to the ancient lands as you set out on the park ‘s numerous walking paths. The walking tracks include the spectacular 39 km Tabletop Track and its hidden waterfalls, to the more serene 3.5 km track to the picturesque Walker Creek, in line with a number of different fitness levels.

Engage in your very own 4×4 outback trip with your sense of adventure. Be sure to see The Abandoned City’s sandstone artefacts, and develop new respect for early settlers at Blyth Homestead ‘s ruins.

Take the boardwalk to a two-metre-tall headstone ‘graveyard.’ These are magnetic termite mounds; feats of sun-oriented insect engineering to keep the termites cool under baking conditions.

Keep your eyes open for hundreds of wildlife species. All common are wallabies, sugar gliders, quolls and flying foxes, as is the dragon-like water monitor that can sometimes be seen basking on rocks.

Twitchers can keep handy their binoculars to spot the Yellow Oriole, Figbird, Pacific Koel, Spangled Drongo, Dollarbird and Rainbow Bee-eater inhabiting protected areas near waterfalls.

(Auricle by northernterritory.com)

Tours to Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park Day Tour With Waterfalls And Buley Rockhole from Darwin

Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin

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