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Litchfield National Park is on so many bucket lists! Is it on yours?
Why you must visit Litchfield National Park. Just 2 hours south of Darwin you’ll enter one of the most pristine National Parks to be found in Australia. With monsoon rainforest, stunning waterfalls, magnetic termite mounds, weathered rocky outcrops of sandstone as well as historic ruins this park has something for everyone.
Attracting thousands of visitors each year, Litchfield National Park features some of the most extraordinary landscapes in the Top End.
The park has a significant history in the Northern Territory as the centre of tin and copper mining known as Rum Jungle, before being leased to a pastoral country until it was designated as a National Park in 1986.
You’ll find crystal clear swimming holes and well mapped bushwalking trails nearby all the major attractions. A favourite with locals and visitors, you will find easy access to the waterways and a number of beautiful picnic spots along the way.
- Go swimming at Florence Falls
- Have your photo taken with a giant magnetic Termite Mound
- Laze in the natural swimming at Wangi Falls
Things to see and do in Litchfield National Park
As you drive into the National Park you’ll see many of Magnetic Termite and Cathedral Termite Mounds found along the floodplains. Standing some 2 metres in height they are oriented in a north-south direction. This allows the internal temperature of these structures to be controlled by ensuring the smallest surface area to be exposed to the heat of the sun.
A series of small waterfalls and rockholes providing the perfect spot to slip into the water and cool off. There is a 1.5 kilometre bush walk connecting Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls that is ‘easy’ going and provides a great opportunity to see native birds and other wildlife along the way.
This spectacular double waterfall is in the midst of the monsoon rainforest. The big challenge is the 160 steps descending through the rainforest towards the base of the falls. A well positioned viewing platform is located overlooking the falls should you not wish to do the climb. The popular swimming hole offers great swimming and is one of the favourite swimming spots in Litchfield. Be aware of the small fish that nibble at your toes.
The spectacular lookout overlooking the falls and the ravine below. The Tolmer Creek Walk (1.6 km) takes you along the creek to the rockpools above the waterfall. No swimming is permitted at this location to protect the Orange Horseshoe and Ghost Bat which are rare species of bats to the region.
Greenant Creek to Tjaetaba Falls
Allow 1.5 hours for this 3 kilometre return walk to Greenant Creek. There is a picnic area near the creek before the climb to the top of Tjaetaba Falls. Cool off in the deep pools at the top of the falls. Swimming downstream is prohibited as these falls and area below are an Aboriginal sacred site.
Wangi is one of the most popular locations in Litchfield National Park due to its easy access. The waterfall and cool freshwater swimming pool are perfect for a family day out in Litchfield. A self guided interpretive walk commences near the swimming area providing ideal opportunities for bird and wildlife watching. Be sure to take your camera.
Allow 2 hours for this 3.5 hour return walk. The trail leads to picnic area beside a crystal clear swimming hole and is well worth the walk.
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Bamboo Creek Tin Mine
Easily accessed, and just a short walk from the car park to the ruins of the old tin mine. Tin was mined here from 1905, however challenges with transportation and wet season monsoonal rains brought the about the closure of the mine in the 1950s.
Open all year round, this freshwater swimming hole is a favourite with grassland viewing platforms and a walking trail from the picnic area to the top of the Cascades.
Other adventures – Dry Season 4WD only
Surprise Creek Falls
These small waterfalls are a short walk through the monsoon rainforest to the tranquil pool. Walk a little further in to find smaller pools sunken into the rock face and the start of these falls. A great cooling off spot after the walk in. 4WD only and closed over the wet season.
The Lost City
Accessible by 4WD only during the dry season. Known as the ‘Lost City’, this site is a formation of sandstone blocks and majestic pillars, formed and weathered by the elements and reminiscent of a lost civilisation.
Blyth Homestead Ruins
Blyth Homestead is just off the Sandy Creek Road. The ruins of the homestead built in 1929 by the Sergeant family. Abandoned in the 1960s, it is now preserved as a popular attraction for visitors. Accessible by 4WD – open only during the dry season.
WHEN TO VISIT
Litchfield National Park is spectacular at any time of the year. The waterfalls flow all year round and are at their most spectacular in the wet and early dry season. Check out our post: When is the best time to visit the Top End?
HOW TO GET HERE
Fly into Darwin, arrive by rail on the Ghan or take one of Australia’s best Road Trips.
Drive Yourself from Darwin City. Litchfield is a National Park located approximately 2 hours south of Darwin.
Bus tours covering most of Litchfield National Park leave from Darwin daily.
2WD vehicles are suitable unless you’re planning to visit The Lost City, Sandy Creek or other identified 4WD only sites. Hire cars are available throughout the city, ask at your hotel.
Litchfield National Park is an ancient sandstone plateau that has been shaped by water. It is one of the Top End’s best opportunities to go camping and do some bushwalking and relax and unwind by taking a dip in natural spring-fed waterfalls and rock pools. Listen out for all kinds of animals such as possums, dingoes, wallabies and hundreds of species of birds.
Litchfield National Park is our little piece of heaven in the Top End! Check out our 6 day Itinerary and come visit us soon!
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Have you been to Litchfield National Park yet? There’s so much to see and do in the Top End, you’ll wonder why you haven’t come sooner! What is on your bucket list to see and do whilst you’re here?
Reference: NT Gov – Litchfield National Park