Waterfall hopping around Litchfield National Park 2 day drive itinerary from Darwin
Litchfield National Park is the perfect getaway to spend with family and friends. You can make it as active or as relaxed as you want with plenty of short walks, waterholes and waterfalls to see.
Grab some road trip snacks and stock up on plenty of water and sunscreen and make sure your music playlist is sorted.
Day 1: Darwin to Litchfield (Wangi Falls)
From Darwin, head south along the Stuart Highway turning onto Cox Peninsula Road towards Berry Springs. Here you can check out Berry Springs Nature Park where you can try out the first waterhole of many more to come.
Continue along the Cox Peninsula Road, turn left onto Litchfield Park Road and head towards your first waterfall in Litchfield National Park. Wangi Falls boasts not one but two waterfalls that cascade into a large swimming hole. The popular swimming spot is located next to a green lawn area with barbecue facilities for a perfect picnic spot. If you forget to bring your own food, you can purchase some at the Wangi Falls Café.
Day 2: Litchfield to Adelaide River
Spend another day in Litchfield and uncover more waterfalls. Top swimming spots include Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole, and it’s worth your while travelling to the smaller spots such as Walker Creek, Greenant Creek/Tjaetaba Falls and the Cascades. They all have moderate walks no more than 4km return, however please ensure you’re well prepared with sun protection and water. Don’t leave Litchfield without getting a photo in the looming silhouette of a termite mound (we have both cathedral and magnetic termite mounds in the Top End).
Head back to the Stuart Highway and continue for 30 minutes to the township of Adelaide River – an important location in the Top End’s military history. Wander through the Adelaide River War Cemetery for a sobering reminder of the impact WWII had on this part of Australia.
Head back to Darwin along the Stuart Highway. This is an easy two-hour drive.
Optional add-on: Dundee Beach or Crab Claw Island
Instead of heading straight into Litchfield on day one, why not check out Dundee Beach or Crab Claw Island Resort – both are fast becoming known for the best fishing spots in the Top End. These are the most relaxed places to set up camp and enjoy ocean views. Allow two days to get the most out of this area.
Top End Safari Camp
Combining unique Top End activities with an amazing outback glamping experience – adding on the Top End Safari Camp to your Litchfield itinerary is an adventure you won’t forget. Situated in an exclusive location off the Finnis River system, the camp, owned by Matt Wright, showcases some of the best activities and experiences the Top End has to offer.
Join an airboat tour on Sweets Lagoon or opt for a scenic helicopter flight. You’ll stay overnight in deluxe lotus belle tents which have an open air shower and shared toilet facilities. The camp provides you with everything you need to immerse yourself in nature and experience a once-in-a-lifetime Top End adventure.