When visiting Darwin in the Northern Territory, yo know you’re in for a treat of fair drinkim Aussie culture. There’s usually two things on the top of the list of must see sights – jumping crocodiles and Litchfield National Park. Crocodiles are definitely in abundance in Darwin, and you do not want to run into them in an unconctrolled environment (such as Crocodylus Park or Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise) so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to safely see crocodiles.
When you’re not watching the crocs, you definitely should be checking out the local natural wonders. So Litchfield National Park is a must see when in Darwin. Despite the fact that you have to drive out of Darwin to see the beautiful natural wonders, it’s actually fairly easy to get from Darwin to Litchfield National Park – and totally worth it!
You may have to hire a car but I was lucky enough to travel with friends who had a 4WD ute. You cold probably be fine in a smaller car – there are even coaches that regularly go out here. But if it’s in your budget, you would probably be better off with a larger car such as a 4WD.
If you are travelling out there, make sure you leave early in the morning. It will take yu about 1.5 hours from Darwin city. Many of the coaches get to the popular swimming spots around 10am to 11am and will be in a steady stream throughout the day. So it’s always good to get out to the main areas before the coaches decide to pack out those exact areas.
Make sure you check out which parts of the Litchfield National Park are open. Some or most may be closed due to maintenance, weather conditions or potential crocodile sightings. Some parts will be open all year round but some parts will not be open during the wet season (typically Dec to April). There are signs posted just off the road that detail what parts of the park are open. These are updated daily.
We ended up doing a half day trip to Litchfield as we had plan for the night time and we wanted to be back in time. A half day is definitely possible but I would recommend having a full day if you can so you can properly enjoy the natural beauty of Litchfield National Park
What to See at Litchfield National Park
Magnetic Termite Mounds
Litchfield Park may be predominately spectacular waterfalls, but there are also the quickly and unusual terminate mounds that can be viewed before seeing all the other natural wonders
Right next to Florence Falls, it is just as popular as Florence Falls. It is usually open most of the year. Unfortunately I didn’t get to go here, but I would love to go here next time. Apparently it is a really pretty spot.
We were unlucky when we visited because there were not many places open to see. However we were luckily as we did get to swim under the waterfall at Florence Falls. This is apparently the best place to go swimming, and you can swim right up to the waterfall too!
It seems like it might be a icky and gross warm mess, but it is surprisingly green and pretty with the grey wood poking up out from the swamp. We didn’t actually stop to take in this site, but it is very quiet and has picnic tables so it might be a good place to get away from the crowds when it gets busy.
A gorgeous tall waterfall with a crystal clear blue waterhole at the bottom of it. There are multiple viewing platforms at Tolmer Falls, and a few moderately easy walking tracks, but unfortunately you cannot swim here.
There are both the Upper Cascades and Lower Cascades that can be seen, however the Lower Cascades are not accessible all year round. The Upper Cascades also have a walking track of about 1.8km per way, and it does not have much tree cover.
Bamboo Creek Tin Mine
This site is pretty much the last thing to see on the trail before heading back into Darwin. It has a small walking track that goes around the hill behind the old mine shed. It is also surrounded by lush bush and creeks.
There are also plenty of other parts to see in Litchfield and we only scratched the surface with the sights.
Litchfield Day Trip Check List
No matter what time of the year you visit Litchfield, you’ll want to make sure you pack the following:
- Sunscreen: you’ll get sunburnt any time of the year under the harsh Australian sun so best to slather on that SPF
- Swimmers: you don’t want to miss out on swimming in somewhere as beautiful at Litchfield National Park
- Towel: obviously to dry you off but cold also double as a picnic blanket
- Sunglasses: there’s a lot of glare out here
- Hat: a widebrimmed hat will help keep you safe from sunburn
- Water: bring at least 2L worth
- Insect repellant: especially if you will be here at dusk – the mosquitos will be happy to feast on you if you don’t have something to repell them!
- Camera: obviously you don’t want to miss out on capturing these beautiful natural wonders
- Food such as sandwiches
- Small First Aid Kit: things like bandaids, cream for bites, bandages etc. are what you’ll need to keep up ok before getting back to Darwin
- Walking shoes such as runners: most places have a walking track you need to walk on before getting to the sights or swimming spots
- Hand sanitiser & tissues: the toilets may be out of paper and they don’t have hand soap either
- Backpack to put it all in
Have you been to Litchfield National Park or are you planning a trip there soon? Tell me about your experience in the comments section!
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