Guide to Lichfield National Park

Litchfield National Park offers a variety of attractions, such as rock formations, natural pools, waterfalls, and rainforests that may not be as popular as Kakadu but are worth exploring. Whether visiting on a tour or independently, here is everything you need to know.

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park is a popular tourist destination due to its stunning wildlife and natural landscapes. The park is conveniently located 115 kilometres south of Darwin, making it easily accessible for visitors. Affordable accommodation is available within the park, and its attractions are worth visiting more than once. It only takes an hour and 20 minutes to reach the park from Darwin by car, allowing visitors to explore the main waterfalls and return to their accommodation by sunset. However, it is recommended that you take your time and thoroughly enjoy all that Litchfield has to offer, as it is a special place worth savouring.

For a great experience in Litchfield, consider staying in the park and heading out early to avoid crowds at the waterfalls. Enjoy a quick breakfast and go to a natural plunge pool for a peaceful time before the crowds arrive.

The route from Darwin to Litchfield National Park

To fully enjoy Litchfield, it is recommended to use a 4WD tent, camper trailer, or caravan. A campervan is also a good option for hiring a vehicle. Darwin has a Britz/Maui branch but check their seasonal opening hours. Litchfield is accessible to 2WD vehicles, but having a sturdier vehicle will allow you to explore more (unsealed) roads.

For those looking for other options, tours are available, such as Litchfield National Park Tours and NT Air helicopter tours. If you prefer a self-guided tour, the closest service station and convenience store to Litchfield can be found in Batchelor.

Information on Litchfield weather

When planning your trip to the Top End, consider the type of experience you want, as the weather will impact which attractions are open. The peak tourist season is in winter, or "the dry", from May to October. During this time, you can explore and swim in waterholes without worrying about crocodiles. Campgrounds can fill up quickly, so it's best to plan. In the tropical summer, from November to April, some roads and tracks may close, but most of the park remains open year-round with viewing platforms to see the falls.

Litchfield has waterfalls and swimming spots

Litchfield National Park is known for its impressive waterfalls and natural swimming spots that are worth visiting.

Florence Falls

Florence Falls is considered the main attraction in Litchfield National Park. Visitors of all ages can enjoy swimming, jumping off rock walls, and relaxing in the cool, dark pool.

Visiting the spring-fed falls near Florence is a popular activity, accessible from both the campground and the main car park. One can appreciate the views from various vantage points, including a small lookout which may be crowded during peak tourist times.

Wangi Falls

Another popular spot in Litchfield is Wangi. It has a large pool at the base of a double waterfall and a spacious timber platform. A boardwalk and trail offer different ways to explore the area. If you're up for some exercise, you can hike up the mountain, cross over the waterfall, and return to the pool below. This walk is suitable for reasonably fit and agile, including determined toddlers.

Visitors can enjoy the grassy picnic area at the entry to the falls, a popular spot for relaxing with free Wi-Fi available. Wangi Falls Cafe near the car park is a convenient option for those looking to grab a bite without bringing their food.

Buley Rockhole

Buley Rockhole is known for its accessibility and suitability for families, with pools ranging from shallow for toddlers to deeper holes for older kids. The clear, fresh water offers a refreshing experience for visitors.

Tolmer Falls

There are other waterholes worth checking out in the park for visitors exploring beyond the main attractions. Tolmer Falls, with its 100-metre drop, is considered one of the most spectacular and can be accessed via a sealed road and a 1.6-kilometre loop walk. Swimming is not allowed, but visitors can enjoy the views from two viewing platforms.

Litchfield National Park tours

Check out Tjaynera Falls and Surprise Creek Falls

Tjaynera Falls (also known as Sandy Creek Falls) and Surprise Creek Falls are only accessible by 4WD. Tjaynera has a 3.4-kilometre trail surrounded by paperbarks and is drier than the other areas. It is a quieter and more secluded option. Surprise Creek Falls also requires crossing rivers to reach.