Now and then some absolutely gorgeous pictures shows up in your news feed on Facebook, often of incredibly beautiful waterfalls and rock formations which blow your mind away and give you the instant feeling of wanderlust. You immediately get inspired; you want to be there, you want to jump right in for a refreshing bath… You all know what we’re talking about!

When visiting the Northern Territory we wanted to see some of the National Parks Australia has to offer; places with beautiful nature and mind-blowing waterfalls. We did some research and it turned out that Litchfield NP was accessible from Stuart Highway on our way up north to Darwin, and it sounded like something suitable for us. It’s a national park where you can drive from place to place if you prefer that; you don’t have to walk for hours to get to the main attractions, and that suites me well with my chronic health issues.

We stopped by Litchfield Tourist Park to get lunch and hopefully a map and some more information… We met a really nice man in the reception and he told us which sites we should see during our day in the national park, which roads were open and where it was possible to go for a swim.
After we had eaten we were ready to explore Litchfield National Park!

 

Litchfield national Park

 

We decided to drive all the way in to Wangi Falls and stop at places we wanted to see on the way back…

 

Wangi Falls

Wangi Falls is an easily accessible attraction and open all year round, but swimming isn’t always possible (when we were there it wasn’t allowed because of crocs). It’s a boardwalk to the viewing platform to the falls, and it’s really beautiful. You can also walk to the top of the fall which takes about 1 hour (approx.. 1.6km return).

At Wangi Falls it is possible to camp, and you can find all amenities including toilet, shower and barbecue facilities. And it’s actually free wifi so people can upload and share pictures and stay connected.

 

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park

 

 

Tolmer Falls

At the car park they have toilets, tourist information and a shady place where you can sit down and relax. It’s an 800m long walk to get to the viewing platform, and it’s an easy walk. Tolmer Falls cascades over two high escarpments into a distant, deep, plunge pool.
This one’s also open all year round and has an alternative walking route (approx. 1.6kms return, 45mins duration).

 

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park

 

 

Buley Rockhole

Buley Rockhole is a series of waterfalls and rock-holes, and it’s only a short walk from the car park. It’s open all year round, and camping is available in the area with toilet facilities only.

We would love to take a bath there but it looks like it was a popular place, and there were couples in every rock-hole. We didn’t want to disturb anyone, so we decided to continued our journey through this gorgeous national park.
From Buley Rockhole you can hike the 3km-long Florence Creek Walk, but we took the short drive to our next and last destination…

 

Litchfield National Park

 

 

Florence Falls

This is a spectacular double waterfall set in the middle of the forest. It cascades into a swimming hole, and after a 1.1km long walk in about 35 degrees we really wanted to go for a swim here. We were so lucky as a family were about to leave when we arrived, so we got the place almost to ourselves (two guys where meditating or something, and later another couple arrived).

 

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park

 

When we had cooled down and felt ready to return to our car we saw that it was two optional routs; the one we came from or a shorter one but with 160-step staircase. We chose to take the stairs and walked by a platform that gave you a great view over the waterfalls.
They were working with the car park when we were there and that was probably why we didn’t saw that there were two possible walking routes.
Also at this site camping is available with toilet and shower facilities.

 

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park

 

It was some construction works going on here and there, so we didn’t get to see the Termite Mounds, but we went to this park to see beautiful nature and waterfalls, so we were actually highly satisfied.

 

How to get there

Drive via Batchelor, 100 km southwest of Darwin. The Park is generally accessible all year (sealed roads) via Batchelor. In the dry season it is also possible to get to the Park via Cox Peninsula Road (unsealed road).

 

What to bring

Plenty of water as it can get really hot, shady hat, sunscreen, walking shoes (for longer walks) and first Aid kit.

 

Good to know!

Observe park safety signs and warning signs and note locations of Emergency Call Devices. Only swim where it’s recommended!
Bins are not provided; please take your rubbish away with you, and keep to designated roads and tracks.

13 thoughts on “Litchfield National Park

  1. Beautiful photos. I remember visiting Litchfield fondly. In fact, I climbed halfway up the rock face in your second photo to sit in a pool which the waterfalls had carved out of the rock. After a few minutes in there, I came to the realisation I wasn’t alone – a small snake was swimming around. Needless to say, I launched myself out of the pool! Turned round and it seemed the snake was stuck and couldn’t get up the sheer rock face. Ended up using a stick to help it out. Oh, Australia!

    1. I think I would have freaked out a bit cause of the snake, but wow, what a story! We love Australia and will probably travel back again and again, such a beautiful country.

  2. Wow — all of these waterfalls look gorgeous! I want to make it a point to visit more part areas in my future travels. I think most of us forget how truly beautiful nature is.

  3. What a paradise in the middle of the Outback … when I finally do make it to Australia, I will keep this place in mind!

  4. Wow you sound some really beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails! I’ve been living in Australia for almost 4 years now and still haven’t gotten to the NT. You post makes me feel guilt and jealous all at the same time!

  5. The pictures are stunning and the waterfalls look awesome. I was just wondering if you can drink the water in some parts there (bec. u mentioned to bring a lot of water)

  6. What gorgeous waterfalls! We seem to be having an early summer here in BC right now, and as I sit here cooking hot in my classroom, I would give just about anything to dive right in! Great photography!

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