Litchfield National Park is located 100km southwest of Darwin. This stunning park boasts many breathtaking waterfalls, refreshing swimming holes and tropical rainforests all within close vicinity. The park can be accessed from Stuart Highway via Batchelor, Cox Peninsula Road via Berry Springs, or Daly River Road (four-wheel drive only).
Wangi Falls is the most popular attraction. Two magnificent falls of varying force stream down the rocky precipice into a large and inviting plunge pool. This is a fabulous swimming, picknicking and camping area. Wangi’s surrounding area has plenty of grass, barbeques, toilets, showers, kiosk and a good camp ground with decent sized bays permitting caravans. A boardwalk viewing area to the right of the falls continues on a 1.7km loop walk up through the rainforest treetops and over Wangi Creek returning to the base of the falls on the other side. The walk is relatively easy with some steep sections up sturdy steps and well worth the effort. Although the falls and plunge pool can’t be seen from above the escarpment views, rainforest setting and feeder creek make a delightful walk.
Florence Falls is simply spectacular. These powerful falls gush down from the plateau into an attractive plunge pool. You can view the falls from the lookout near the car park or walk down a steep staircase of 135 steps to the clear refreshing water. Florence offers two camp grounds. The two-wheel drive camp close to the falls has good sized camp sites, wood barbeques, toilets and showers. The four-wheel drive camp is located alongside a running creek about 10 minutes walk from the falls. The designated bays are relatively small but sufficient and wood barbeques and pit toilets are provided. Caravans are not permitted at the Florence Falls camp grounds.
Buley Rockhole is a series of cascading waterfalls, rapids and plunge pools flowing towards Florence Falls. The rockhole is a short stroll from the car park and is a fantastic spot to relax by the edge, sit in the rapids or bombie into the deep centre pools. The camp ground is close to the action and has reasonable sized sites suitable for campervans and trailers however caravans and coaches are not permitted. Pit toilets are provided.
Tolmer Falls spills from the escarpments high above into an enormous rock pool. The falls can be viewed from the lookout a relatively short walk from the car park. Access to the bottom of the falls is not permitted and there are no facilities here.
Tjaynera (Sandy Creek) Falls are a delightful attraction cascading into an inviting rock pool. The 1.7km walk is relatively easy and takes you through the surrounding bush land into the valley where the falls are located. Sandy Creek is accessible by four-wheel drive only and camping is permitted. Toilets and showers are located here.
Surprise Creek Falls feature round rock pools sunk into the rock face below the trickling falls. A large plunge pool is the catchment area below and a beautiful swimming area. The falls are accessible by four-wheel drive only and the walk is short and easy. Camping is permitted here and toilets are provided for your convenience.
The Tabletop Track is a 39km circuit, linking numerous park attractions, hiking through woodlands and along creek beds. This walk is suitable for experienced bushwalkers only and can take 3-5 days. All supplies must be carried and registering with the Ranger (ph: 8976 0282) or Overnight Walker Registration Scheme (ph: 1300 650 730) is strongly recommended.
Entry into Litchfield National Park does not require a permit and is free of charge. Camping fees apply at the designated camp grounds and all sites are unpowered bush camps. Alternative accommodation and camping is available at Litchfield Safari Camp or Batchelor.
The best time to visit Litchfield is during the dry season (May to September)
when the attractions are generally open. This depends on how much rainfall has occurred, the road conditions and crocodile safety. Note Saltwater Crocodiles are known to enter these areas during the wet season and surveys are conducted by the Parks and Wildlife Commission prior to opening. Traps are permanently set and any crocodiles detected are trapped and removed. Adhere to any signage notifying closure of areas and do not enter the water under any circumstances if warnings are sign posted.
Litchfield National Park and its impressive scenic attractions simply must be explored when visiting the Top End. The main points of interest can easily be explored in a day, however if you have more time available a longer stay is well worth it.
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