Litchfield National Park

Worn by water and time, the 1500km2 Litchfield National Park is home to stunning natural landscapes and spectacular waterfalls that have carved narrow gorges over thousands of years.

Located 120km southwest of Darwin, the Park is something of a favourite with the Darwin locals because it’s only 1.5 hours drive from the Territory’s capital city. It can be experienced in a little as one day, though two days are recommended to allow enough time to visit all of the main sites.

What we love

The Park is a walker’s heaven with walks to suit all levels of fitness weaving through bushland and rainforest pockets, and past rugged sandstone escarpments, spring-fed streams, historic sites, pandanus-lined pools and culturally rich landscapes. Most of the park is accessible by car all year round, though during the wet season most of the four-wheel drive tracks are closed.

Litchfield features an abundance of wildlife including wallaroo, wallaby, sugar glider, possum, flying foxes, dingo, hundreds of native bird species and the human-hand sized female Nephila spider – we’re assured it’s harmless!

Don’t miss

  • The view from the platform above Florence Falls’ spectacular double waterfall, and a swim in the plunge pool at the bottom.
  • A dip in your own private rockpool at Buley Rockhole, which is located a short 80 metres from the carpark.
  • A wander at popular Wangi Falls, which offers amenities such as toilets, shower, kiosk and barbecue facilities.
  • The hundreds of two-metre-high magnetic termite mounds built to a north-south alignment to minimise exposure to the sun and maximise temperature control.
  • If you have a four-wheel drive, visit the Blythe Homestead Ruins and the weathered sandstone columns of the Lost City, a series of rock formations that resemble a crumbling ancient city.

Getting there

Access Litchfield National Park on sealed roads from Darwin via Batchelor all year round. You could consider making a historic journey of it and come to Darwin from Adelaide or Alice Springs on the iconic Ghan railway

Where to stay

Accommodation options abound outside the park and in Batchelor, the nearest town, from the comfortable Litchfield Tourist Park to the higher-end Batchelor Resort. There are a multitude of camping sites within the Park itself, such as at Wangi Falls, Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls (camp fees apply). The campground at Wangi Falls has a kiosk and allows caravans, but there are no powered sites.

Visit the Tourism at the Top End website for more information. 

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