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!
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 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.
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).
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…
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).
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.
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.