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Itchy for Litchy ?

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

From basking in the sun to soaking it up at Buley Rockhole or to a touch of Luxe, with an eagle-eye view over Lichy via a helicopter!

One thing is for sure, Litchfield National Park is one place you do not want to miss when visiting NT. So here is NOT how to get lost in Litchy!

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6 MUST SEE sights at Litchfield aka "Litchy" you need to visit and NOT get lost!

1. Florance Falls

2. Tolmer Falls

3. Wangi Falls

4. Buley Rockhole

5. Magnetic Termite Mounds

6. The Lost City

Florance Falls

Florence Falls cascades into a plunge pool in a pocket of monsoon forest.

Enjoy the panoramic views offered by the scenic viewing platform high above the falls, which is only a three-minute walk from the car park. There is a striking contrast between the wet monsoon rainforest and the dry sandstone plateau. Follow the gorge rim and walk down the stairs to the valley floor to stretch your legs. It's nice to take a breather and a picture at the halfway mark. A refreshing dip in the crystal clear water of the plunge pool can be enjoyed year-round.

The moderate-grade Shady Creek stroll loops back to Florence Creek through a rainforest-filled gorge, along a stream, and through the woods. Enjoy a break with a picnic and listen to the bubbling of the creek while you listen. A short walk will then take you to the parking lot.

There are 2WD and 4WD campgrounds near Florence Falls. It is recommended that you book in advance.

Tolmer Falls

A spectacular waterfall named Tolmer Falls

Explorer Frederick Henry Litchfield named the falls after his late father's colleague in the South Australia Police, Alexander Tolmer.

This waterfall cascades over two steep cliffs into a deep pool. Seal-paved roads provide access to the falls in the western part of the park, 85 kilometres south of Darwin.

You can access 2 viewing platforms, opposite the most spectacular waterfalls in the park, by taking a short walk up the gorge. 1.6 km of loop walk (rocky in parts) leads to Tolmer Falls carpark. The walk takes about 45 minutes. Follow the path through sandstone country, along Tolmer Creek and a tributary, past pristine rock pools. Note that Swimming is not permitted.

Wangi Falls

The most popular and loved attraction of Litchy!

Found on the western side of the park, Wangi Falls is a place to relax whether it be on the manicured lawns within the picnic areas or the water itself, surrounded by lush green monsoon rainforest. Yes, it is safe to take a dip in the massive pool of water that is fed from the cascading water above; however some seasons the pool is closed; usually from October to March is the wet season.

Whilst you can bring your own lunches to also cook on the BBQs, provided. There is a convenient kiosk that can provide an ice cream fix for the family. The campsites again must all be booked online!

Buley Rockpool

Live like a local!

Buley Rockpool is a loved destination for local NT residences, where they wind down from their busy "HOT" days working and get a chance to enjoy their own backyard.

Whist some seasons it may shut it remains open for most of the year providing pools with cascading water that you can submerge in for a natural massage whilst the kids (or big kids) dive into the plunge pool seen in the photo above ( 2.5m - 3m deep)

It's a great way to relax and soak up the natural surroundings and bask on the rocks to catch some rays.

Magnetic Termite Mounds

These constructions, which may be up to 100 years old, are unique to northern Australia, especially Litchfield National Park. Stroll down the promenade and marvel at these massive magnetic compasses, with narrow edges pointing north-south and large backs pointing east-west. This feature thermo-regulates the mounds for the magnetic termites that live within and prefer high humidity and steady temperatures.

A viewing facility with accessible boardwalks has been built immediately off Litchfield Park Road in the Park's northern section, 120 kilometres south of Darwin. Use the boardwalk to get up and personal with the two-metre-high, thin Magnetic Termite mounds and the bigger four-metre-high Cathedral Termite mounds.

The Lost City

The Lost City is a collection of massive sandstone exposures which resemble the ruins of early civilizations. A beautiful scene is located in a remote yet difficult-to-access part of Litchfield National Park, over an hour commute journey from Darwin. The 10-kilometre circuit towards The Lost City will put seasoned four-wheel drivers to the challenge. Admire this organic edifice produced by countless generations of wind and rain erosion, featuring walls, small corridors, and domes that appear to be man-made. The Lost City's sophisticated unsupported sandstone slab and column structures are dispersed across an area the length of a small town and seem like the remains of a town with a labyrinth of tiny lanes.

If you're interested in driving your own 4WD vehicle to The Lost City, you should be aware that the final approach is extremely rocky and rough. Only people experienced in handling four-wheel drive vehicles should attempt the journey. Caravans are not permitted. The initial approach is a formed sealed road.

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Please call me Milli! I've had a passion for wandering since a young age, raised in the Netherlands, growing up in Australia. I believe in a work & life balance; setting yourself up. Professionally, I work in the Wine industry, alongside DERIVE + SEEK where I can wander with purpose!