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Litchfield National Park

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Discover misty waterfalls and lush waterholes, hit the trail in a 4WD, or take it nice and slow and wander through Litchfield National Park on foot.

Get set for real adventure and to connect with nature at Litchfield National Park. At just over an hour from Darwin, it’s every local’s favourite day trip with its waterfalls and waterholes, bushwalks, four-wheel drive tracks, birds and wildlife.

A water wonderland

Plunge into crystal clear waterholes beneath the magnificent spring-fed waterfalls of Florence and Wangi, or soak in the gentle three-tiered cascade shaded by rainforest at Buley Rockhole.

For a drier option, take the short walk through cypress pines and cycads to the Tolmer Falls viewing platform. The caves in the red cliffs below protect two rare bat colonies.

For adventurous souls

Lace up your boots and don your bathers for a bushwalk. There are several at Litchfield, from the epic 39-km Tabletop Track and its secret waterfalls to the more serene 3.5km walk alongside pretty Walker Creek.

Jump in a four-wheel drive to explore the sandstone relics of the Lost City, take a dip in the uncrowded plunge pool at Tjaynera Falls or gain a new appreciation for our early pioneers at the ruins of Blyth Homestead. It’s hard to believe the cypress pine structure held together with wire was inhabited until 1985.

Nature at its best

Take the boardwalk to a ‘graveyard’ of two-metre tall headstones. These are magnetic termite mounds; fascinating feats of insect architecture cleverly oriented with the sun to keep the termites cool in baking conditions.

Keep your eyes peeled for hundreds of species of fauna that inhabit the park. Wallabies, sugar gliders, quolls and flying foxes are all common here, as is the dragon-like water monitor that can often be spotted basking on rocks.

Twitchers should keep their binoculars handy to spot the Yellow Oriole, Figbird, Pacific Koel, Spangled Drongo, Dollarbird and Rainbow Bee-eater that inhabit sheltered areas close to waterfalls.

Things to see & do in Litchfield

  • Information

    Activities

    • National Parks and Reserves

    Opening times

    Open daily, 24 hours. Closure of some attractions within the park are possible during the Tropical Summer, between November and April.

    Entry cost

    Free entry

    Facilities

    • Barbeque
    • Cafe
    • Carpark
    • Coach Parking
    • Interpretive Centre
    • Picnic Area
    • Public Toilet

    Activities

    • Four Wheel Driving
    • Birdwatching
    • Camping
    • Swimming
    • Walk

    Accessibility

    Disabled access available, contact operator for details.

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  • FAQS

    Can Litchfield be done as a day trip?

    Litchfield National Park is an excellent day trip destination from Darwin. There's lots to see and do so it's worth spending a couple of days, or making return visits. You can stay overnight in one of the many accommodation options around Batchelor, or camp in the park.

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    Do I need any passes or permits to visit Litchfield?

    You don't need a permit to enter Litchfield National Park. If you are looking to stay in one of the camping areas you may need to pay a fee on site.

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    How do I get around Litchfield National Park?

    You'll need to drive to get around Litchfield. We recommend hiring a car or taking a tour from Darwin. If you decide to drive yourself, keep in mind that some areas can only be reached by 4WD.

    While you're in the area, Berry Springs is less than an hour's drive away and is a great spot to stop for a picnic.

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    How do I get to Litchfield National Park?

    Litchfield is a comfortable 90 minute drive south from Darwin along a sealed road. You can also base yourself in the nearby town of Batchelor, or drive north along the Stuart Highway from Katherine.

    If you prefer to leave the driving to someone else, there are plenty of tour companies operating out of Darwin with regular trips to Litchfield.

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    How far is Litchfield National Park from Darwin?

    Litchfield National Park is a comfortable 90 minute drive (115 km) from Darwin on a sealed road. Don't forget to stop for a rest and refreshments at the nearby town of Batchelor.

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    What are the major attractions in Litchfield?

    Litchfield is a great place to visit for treks, tours, swimming and sightseeing. Popular attractions include the waterfalls at Wangi, Florence and Tjaynera/Sandy Creek Falls, take a dip at Buley Rockhole, or explore the Lost City by 4WD. Walk around the giant Magnetic Termite Mounds. If you're feeling really adventurous, take a helicopter tour and see the splendour from the air.

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    What should I bring to Litchfield?

    Bring a hat, water, sunscreen and insect repellant. A small first-aid kit can also come in handy.

    The park's swimming holes are fun for the whole family, so you may like to bring swimwear, towels, goggles, and an underwater camera. Make sure to only swim where signs indicate it is safe to do so.

    You can pack a picnic, or buy food in Batchelor and at Wangi Falls. Remember to bring a bag or two for your rubbish as there are no bins within the park.

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    When is the best time to visit Litchfield?

    The best time to experience everything that Litchfield National Park has to offer is May to October - the weather is dry and pleasant and all roads are usually open. Litchfield is generally accessible year-round, and there's nothing like seeing the waterfalls in all their glory from November to April.

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    Where should I go next from Litchfield National Park?

    After Litchfield you can head east to Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land. Head north to Darwin and Berry Springs. Alternatively, head south to Katherine, where you can explore Nitmiluk National Park and Nitmiluk Gorge.

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