Litchfield National Park
"Litchfield National Park - Come see the wallabies, waterfalls and termite mounds!"
For many years, this National Park was seen as the poor cousin to Kakadu National Park. These days locals and tourists are flocking there in their thousands, realising that this National Park really has the lot.
What's so great is that it is only about a two hour drive from Darwin, making it a retreat for the locals as well as the tourists.
These days access is great - it used to be that you needed a 4WD vehicle to get to all the best bits but now new roads and access points have been created. Just remember to come during the dry season (May to October) as roads during the wet season do get flooded which can severely limit access to the park.
Only thing I would say is that it's hard to see everything in one day. To do it properly you want to stay overnight and have 2 full days here. That's because the main points of interest are quite spread out and whilst the park is not huge, it's still big enough to make it tough to get round everything in a day.
Key Points of Interest in Litchfield National Park
There really are some awesome waterfalls to see in Litchfield National Park. The best ones are Wangi, Florence, Tolmer Falls and Tjaynera. They are all quite different and look different depending on the amount of water volume at that particular time of year. My favourite is Wangi because it has a lovely sandy pool at the foot of the falls. You can also camp here and it's a great place to spend a few hours relaxing.
If you fancy a quick dip and a chance to cool off then Buley Rockholes are great and just a short distance from the entrance to the park.
These are quite literally huge and are very intriguing. It is thought that the mounds face north/south and the way they are built means that only a very small proportion is exposed during the hottest part of the day.
The Rangers have built a viewing platform, a small hut with information is also here and there are organised talks if you want to know more.
Most people come for the walks as they are very picturesque. You can walk through tropical rainforests and waterlily covered billabongs. The walks range from flat and easy to quite taxing! The walk at Wangi Falls is hard to beat. It takes you to the top of the falls (there are steps in places to make it easier) which leads to more water holes. Parts are quite steep so you'll need a reasonable level of fitness but the walk itself should take you less than an hour round trip.
THE LOST CITY
This is a collection of free standing sandstone formations and together they do resemble the ruined remains of a city. The track down to this area is really narrow and lasts about 10km. You could use a normal car during the dry season to do the first 8km but the last 2km you really do need a 4WD vehicle.
This is a great place to camp and there are 3 main camping areas with BBQ's and toilets. These are at Wangi, Florence Falls and Buley Rockholes. You can camp in other areas (more suitable if you are self sufficient and don't need toilet or BBQ facilities)
top of Litchfield National Park
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