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Camping at Litchfield National Park

Less than two hours' drive from Darwin, Litchfield National Park is a stunning slice of paradise with some of the best camping options in the NT.

Litchfield National Park is one of the hidden treasures of the Top End. For accessibility, swimming opportunities and day trip adventures, you can't go past it.

Litchfield National Park offers a range of different attractions all connected by road. Go swimming at Buley Rockhole, see the stunning natural waterfalls of Tolmer Falls or Wangi Falls, trek into the Lost City, check out the magnetic termite mounds or jump in a plane or helicopter and view the whole park from above.

When you're done for the day, you can spend some time at nearby township, Batchelor, and check out the butterfly farm or the museum, or go to wartime township, Adelaide River, and learn about its rich history.

If you're keen to spend more than just a day in the park, staying in one of the many campgrounds in and around the park is a great way to see what the day trippers might miss.

Best time to go camping in Litchfield

Litchfield is beautiful all year round but for peak comfortable camping weather, the dry season is your best bet. The dry season starts in late April and goes through to late September. The days are still warm and sunny but humidity drops right down and it can get a bit chilly overnight.

Camping during the wet season isn't recommended unless you have equipment that can withstand lots of rain and don't mind the heat during the day which can reach 37°C. Some roads aren't accessible due to rain so waterholes may be closed during the wet season. Check what areas are open in the wet season.

Can I camp for free near Litchfield?

There is no free camping in Litchfield National Park and you may only camp in designated areas. Fees start at $3.30 for an adult and go up depending on what facilities are available.

Are permits required to camp in Litchfield?

To camp in a designated campground, you don't need a permit but you will need one to bushwalk overnight or bushwalk and camp off-road. You must apply for your permit online as it can take 5 days to process.

Camping under the stars in Litchfield

During the dry season, camping under the stars is not only possible but recommended. Without all the lights of the big city, the night sky pops and you can spend hours staring at stars you've never seen before.

Campgrounds in Litchfield National Park

You've decided to go camping at Litchfield so now you have to choose which of the campgrounds is best suited to you. It really depends on your vehicle access and what you want to do.

It's important to note that generators and pets are not allowed in these campgrounds and that no matter where you camp, you need to stay Crocwise.

Check out the options below:

Wangi Falls Campground

Wangi Falls is one of the most popular spots for camping at Wangi Falls. It's accessible from a sealed road and is open all year round. The campground has unpowered sites and can accommodate caravans, camper trailers and campervans, as well as tent sites.

Sites cost from $6.60 for adults and $3.30 for children up to 15 years and gives you access to a range of facilities including hot showers, flushing toilets, rubbish bins, picnic tables, cooking and cleaning facilities, BBQs, fresh water and a public pay phone. There is also a cafe and WIFI on site.

Swimming is available during the dry season but when swimming is not available, you can view Wangi Falls from the viewing platform, trek the Wangi Falls Walk, or watch the local wildlife including wallabies and dozens of bird species.

Just a 45-minute drive away is the town of Batchelor where you can get all your supplies including fuel, food, ice and meals.

Walker Creek Campground

Walker Creek is a collection of 8 secluded creekside campsites accessible only by foot. You can park nearby and walk the 600m to the first campsite at Rocky Falls. The campsites are 200m apart, open only during the dry season and cannot be booked in advance.

Sites cost from $3.30 for adults and $1.65 for children up to 15 years and gives you access to basic facilities including picnic tables and a toilet near the car park.

You can swim in the creek near the picnic area or take a short drive to the Upper Cascades swimming hole. If swimming isn't your thing, you can try walking and hiking along the nearby trailed, bird watching, or wallaby and possum spotting.

You can get all your supplies in Batchelor which is an 80 kilometre drive from Walker Creek ranger station.

Florence Falls Campground

Florence Falls Campground is available year-round and boasts sites accessible by both 2WD and 4WD vehicles perfect for caravans, camper trailers, campervans and tents.

Sites cost from $6.60 for adults and $3.30 for children up to 15 years and allows you access to toilets, solar heated showers, picnic tables and firepits.

For a refreshing dip, take the stairs down to the waterhole where you can swim right up under the waterfall. You can also take one of the many walking and hiking trails through the rainforest and woodlands, spotting birds and wildlife as you go.

If that's a bit more strenuous than you'd planned, there's a viewing platform at the top of the falls that gives you a stunning panoramic view of the park and an eagle-eyed view of the waterfall. This is also the closest campsite to Buley Rockhole - an accessible swimming hole.

Batchelor is just a 35 minute drive from Florence Falls and a great place to stock up with the essentials for camping.

4WD-only camping in Litchfield

Surprise Creek Campground

Surprise Creek is a quiet and relaxing spot accessible only by 4WD thanks to the two river crossings on the access road. The 4WD track can sometimes be a victim of big rain so it's best to check if it's open before you set off.

Sites cost from $3.30 for adults and $1.65 for children up to 15 years and gives you access to very basic facilities including a toilet and the nearby car park.

A short walk from the car park and you'll be at your campsite, right next to Surprise Creek Falls and a large waterhole open for swimming in the dry season.

The nearest township for supplies is Batchelor, which is a bit over an hour away, depending on the condition of the 4WD track.

Tjaynera Falls/Sandy Creek Campground

Tjaynera Falls and Sandy Creek Campground is accessible only by 4WD and it's worth the drive. You'll find a secluded and peaceful spot very rarely seen by visitors. The 4WD track is open seasonally so it's important to check the road conditions before leaving.

Sites cost from $6.60 for adults and $3.30 for children up to 15 years and gives you access to facilities including toilets, showers, picnic tables and BBQs.

The swimming hole is open seasonally (dry season only) and a 2 kilometre hike so you might prefer to explore one of the walking tracks of varying difficulty levels and spot local birds and wildlife. This is the campground closest to the stunning Lost City.

Batchelor is a 90 kilometre drive, some of it on 4WD track, so allow 2 hours to get into town and get your supplies.

Serviced Campgrounds around Litchfield

Litchfield Safari Camp

Litchfield Safari Camp is located in the township of Batchelor, just on the edge of the Litchfield National Park, easily accessible by road. It is the closest private camp to all of the attractions within Litchfield.

Both powered and unpowered sites are available starting at $39 per adult for a powered site and $20 per adult for an unpowered site. Powered and unpowered sites can accommodated caravans, motorhomes and campers as well as coaches. Pets are welcome on-site but they must be controlled and on a lead.

Facilities including BBQs, grassed campground, above-ground pool, disabled facilities, family bathrooms, washing machines, solar/gas hot water and walking tracks for easy bird and wildlife watching. There is no mobile phone coverage at the park.

The camp is just 5 kilometres from Wangi Falls so it's the ideal spot to base yourself and make the most of day visits.

Batchelor Holiday Park

Also located in Batchelor is the Batchelor Holiday Park, with a range of camping sites available for every kind of adventurer. Easily accessible by road, the park includes both powered and unpowered sites and a range of on-site activities just a stones throw from the national park.

Powered sites start $40 for up to 6 people with an unpowered site starting at $27 for 6 people. Ensuite powered sites for up to 10 people are available from $54. Sites are available for every kind of experience from swags and tents on grassed shady sites right through to large campervans and caravans.

Facilities including pool, BBQs, mini golf, laundry facilities, WIFI and tourist information and booking desk. Bird feeding is available with huge flocks of birds visiting seasonally for decades.

The park is a 14 minute drive from the national park and is a great place to set up camp, ready for your Litchfield adventure.

Banyan Tree Resort

Banyan Tree Resort is located on the park entrance road in Rum Jungle. It's been operating for 30 years and offers something different to visitors of the area.

Offering powered sites from $35 per couple and unpowered sites from $14 per person, there are sites for swags, tents, campervans caravans and camper trailers. Facilities include drinking water, pool, hot showers and bathrooms. Pets are welcome on-site but they must be controlled and on a lead.

The restaurant and bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with regular live music. The place is very popular especially during the dry season so it's wise to book ahead.

The resort is just 5 minutes drive from the national park so it's perfectly located for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle.

Litchfield Tourist Park

Litchfield Tourist Park also located in Rum Jungle, is another of the perfectly placed camping locations for your Litchfield National Park adventure. The Upper Finnis River runs right through the property so you don't even have to leave the park to see - and fish for -some of the Territory's best.

Powered sites start at $39 per adult with unpowered sites starting at $25 per couple and $15 per single. The park can accommodate swags, tents, camper trailers, campervans and caravans. Pets are welcome on-site but they must be controlled and on a lead.

Facilities including a pool, hot showers, guest laundry, internet access and BBQs. The on-site cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and can make up meal kits and BBQ packs as well as sunset nibble hampers to make your camping experience a little easier.

The camp is just a few kilometres from the park entrance and the friendly staff are more than happy to give you some pointers about what to see and do.

Pandanus on Litchfield

Pandanus on Litchfield is a budget-friendly camping option for those wanting to stay close to the national park who are happy to be self sufficient.

Both powered and unpowered sites are available starting at $15 per person per night for a powered site and $13 per person per night for an unpowered site. The small caravan park is pet friendly and welcomes swags, tents, camper trailers, caravans and campervans.

If you'd prefer not to camp, cabins are available.

There's a swimming pool, BBQs, laundry, internet access and a cafe on-site with the closest national park attractions just an 8 minute drive away.

Litchfield Outback Resort

Formerly the Litchfield Motel, Litchfield Outback Resort has recently undergone a renovation. The resort includes a petrol station, restaurant, bar and bottle shop and is easily accessible via the sealed road.

Unpowered camping sites are available for swags and tents with motel-style rooms also available. Facilities available include a pool, laundry, toilet and shower facilities and free WIFI.

Just 14 minutes from the edge of the national park and a tidy 1 hour from Darwin, the resort is a great spot to set up camp but still be able to get a good meal and a cold beer.

Camping at events near Litchfield.

There are heaps of things to do and see in and around Litchfield National Park, all within driving distance of the many campsites available. As well as the obvious attractions of the park, nearby events include the Adelaide River Market held during the dry season, the Adelaide River Races, the Noonamah Rodeo and the Batchelor Markets held on the second Sunday of every month from April to December.

Check out what's on during your stay here.

Camping at a glance


Powered Sites

Permit Required

Accessibility

Toilets

Drinking Water

BBQs

Swimming

Wangi Falls Campground

No

No

2WD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Seasonal

Walker Creek Campground

No

No

By Foot (Car Park nearby)

Yes (Car Park)

No

No

Seasonal

Florence Falls Campground

No

No

2WD

Yes

No

No

Seasonal

Surprise Creek Campground

No

No

4WD only

Yes

No

No

Seasonal

Tjaynera Falls/Sandy Creek Campground

No

No

4WD only

Yes

No

Yes

Seasonal

Litchfield Safari Camp

Yes

No

2WD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pool on-site

Batchelor Holiday Park

Yes

No

2WD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Banyan Tree Resort

Yes

No

2WD

Yes

Yes

No – Café on-site

Pool on-site

Litchfield Tourist Park

Yes

No

2WD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pool on-site

Pandanus on Litchfield

Yes

No

2WD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pool on-site

Litchfield Outback Resort

Yes

No

2WD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pool on-site



Camping near Litchfield

If you want to camp a little further afield, there are plenty of options within an hour of Litchfield National Park.

Where can I hire camping equipment for Litchfield

If you don't have the equipment you need for your camping adventure there are local businesses that can help.

Gone Bush Camping and Outdoor Hire has camping packages available for 2 people, 4 people and motorhomes.

Outback and Beyond Camper Trailer and Equipment can rent you a range of camper trailers with either basic equipment or deluxe inclusions.

Join a camping tour near Litchfield

There are a few camping tour options available if you'd like to experience a Litchfield camping adventure without all the organising.

Sugarbag Safaris

Sugarbag Safaris offers a 5-day camping tour of Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield in their custom 4WD. The local accredited tour guide will take care of everything, giving you insights on flora, fauna, history and culture of the areas and experiences of amazing scenery, stunning walks and secluded swimming spots. Check out the itinerary here.

Ethical Adventures

Ethical Adventures runs both public tours and private charters as well as day trips. The 2 day tours include hikes to secluded swimming spots, stargazing, campfires, wildlife spotting and an outback dinner. Guests are given a full appreciation of the country and the culture including information about food and medicinal plants in the area. Prices start at $750 per adult and $455 per child and include everything for a comfortable and entertaining camping trip.

If a camping tour is not your style, there are plenty of day trip options available.

Camping Guidelines

It's important that when you go camping, you keep the environment in great condition, respect all cultural artefacts and wildlife, and keep yourself and your friends and family safe. To do that:

  • Camp only in designated areas
  • Obey all signage including restrictions on swimming, fishing and camping
  • Take rubbish with you if bins aren't provided
  • Leave your pets at home. Assistance animals are permitted but they must be on a leash held by their owner at all times
  • Not take any glass within 10 metres of the water
  • Stay on marked tracks and roads
  • Don't feed native animals
  • Do not carry nets, traps or firearms
  • Do not use soaps or detergents in or near waterways
  • Do not use generators unless signage permits
  • Check that your vehicle is not carrying weeds or pests into the national park
  • Collect firewood from fallen timber on the main Litchfield Park Road and only light fires in designated areas.

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