3 Days In Litchfield National Park

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Litchfield is home to some of the most amazing waterfalls and swimming holes. A popular hotspot for any Northern Territory Road trip. You can explore Litchfield National Park in a day but it’s best to spend more time if possible. In this guide I’ll outline everything you need to know about visiting this popular spot in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to get to Litchfield National Park?

100km Southwest of Darwin you’ll find Litchfield Park Road just off the Stuart Highway. The Litchfield Park Road is the main road that leads through the park connecting many major attractions; Bluey Rockhole, Wangi Falls and Florence Falls.

 

Do you need a 4WD to get around Litchfield National Park?

No, you do not need a 4WD to explore Litchfield National Park. The main road is a sealed road, so all the major attractions are accessible by 2WD. If you do want to get the most out of exploring Litchfield a 4WD is required.

 

Can you see Litchfield National in 1 day?

You can see all the highlights on a guided tour. Hop on a Litchfield day tour from Darwin. The tour will visit all the main attractions the park has to offer; Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls and it may also include lunch and some free time.

 

How do you gain access to Litchfield National Park?

Unlike Kakadu, you don’t need parks pass to visit Litchfield. The park is free to explore, however, there are fees for campsites within the park and bookings are made online.

 

When is the best time to visit Litchfield National Park?

The dry season is the best time to explore the park as the waterfalls are open for swimming and hiking and camping is much more enjoyable. The wet season is a great time to visit the Northern Territory in general to see the waterfalls flowing rapidly with next to no crowds.

 

Are there crocodiles in Litchfield National Park?

Yes! Litchfield has both saltwater and freshwater crocodiles. Obey all warning signs and be croc wise. Waterfalls are patrolled by rangers during the dry season, and they can close at any time if sightings occur. They go out at night in a boat with a bright light to see if there can spot any croc eyes lurking about. Some waterfalls have croc traps too. It’s advisable not to swim here during wet season as the high water levels entice crocodiles to enter from the rivers and nearby ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How long should you spend in Litchfield National Park?

You can explore Litchfield highlights on a day trip, however, I’d recommend at least 2-3 days to take your time and explore the areas less travelled.

 

Where to stay in Litchfield National Park?

Accommodation is limited. Campgrounds need to be booked in advance too.

Sandy Creek Campground – 4WD only with very basic facilities.

Florence Falls Campground – 2WD and 4WD accessible. Facilities include showers and toilets.

Wangi Falls Campground – open all year round with, toilets, showers and BBQ facilities.

 

What are the best things to do in Litchfield National Park?

 

Bamboo Creek Tin Mine

Coming from Darwin this will be your first stop in Litchfield National Park. It is worth the stop for a walk amongst the historic ruins.

 

Cascades

This is a popular spot amongst the locals and for good reason with less crowds. Numerous rock pools with small waterfalls are dotted around this area. You have the choice of visiting the lower or upper cascades. The walk to the upper cascades is steep at times but worth it.

 

Wangi Falls

One of the most popular attractions in Litchfield National Park. It tends to be busy from morning to night. You can camp at Wangi Campground to enjoy the area with fewer people in the early morning. There’s also a 3km walking track up and over the falls for the most beautiful views.

 

Magnetic Termite Mounds

Over 100 years old and almost 2 metres high spanning across a flat plain. It is impressive to see in person. You can admire them up close without the crowds along the 4WD Sandy Creek Road.

 

Florence Falls

Florence Falls is by far the most popular attraction in Litchfield National Park. It is set amongst the monsoon forest and consists of two cascading waterfalls with the most magnificent plunge pool. The swimming hole does tend to get overcrowded, especially during school holidays, again, its best to visit early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the crowds. If you fancy a walk why not check out Florence Creek Track, which connects the falls to the nearby Bluey Rockhole. You can also camp at Florence Falls, one of the two main campgrounds in Litchfield National Park.

 

Bluey Rockhole

The perfect spot to relax and cool off while overlooking the cascading pools. This rockpool is a series of natural pools amongst the monsoon forests.

 

Sandy Creek

If you’re looking for a secluded spot away from the crowds this is the place for you. Just south of Tolmer Falls this is only accessible via 4WD. There is a campsite here. At the start you’ll come across a long, deep water crossing which can get rough during peak season. The beautiful falls can be reached after a 3.4km return track from the day use area.

 

Surprise Creek Falls

Continue on down the same 4WD track and you’ll come across this hidden gem. Crystal clear rock pools and a small cascading waterfall, again a 4WD is advisable as the track is rough with many water crossings.

 

Tolmer Falls

Just off the main road you’ll find a towering single drop waterfall. While swimming is prohibited it’s still worth a visit to see. A short 1.6km loop will take you to a viewing platform at the top of the gorge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have I missed anything? Litchfield National Park was without a doubt one of my favourite spots in the Northern Territory and is so underrated.

Litchfield is home to some of the most amazing waterfalls and swimming holes. A popular hotspot for any Northern Territory Road trip. You can explore Litchfield National Park in a day but it’s best to spend more time if possible.
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