Just an hour and a half from Darwin, Litchfield National Park sprawls out in a scene filled with spring-fed streams, lush green forests, picturesque waterfalls, and impressive sandstone escarpments. For many travellers to Darwin, this is the place to go and see nature at its finest, including a variety of native plant and animal species that roam free in their natural habitats.
As well as boasting a beautiful backdrop, Litchfield National Park was, at one point in time, the home of the Wagait Aboriginal people, and their fascinating cultures and traditions are still evident in the landscape today. Up until 1955, the park was a designed copper and tin mining spot, until it was declared a national park in 1986. There are plenty of things to see and do in the park, ranging from waterfall walks to wacky natural landmarks.
Set off Sandy Creek, these grand falls are accessible only by four-wheel-drive, which gives them a wild and isolated atmosphere. Here, you can explore the bright orange escarpments and marvel at the fine collection of paperbark trees. The plunge pool is a firm favourite, with many tourists opting to enjoy the area from the cool, uncrowded waters.
Found in the middle of the rainforest, Florence Falls cascades elegantly into a plunge pool below. There’s a viewing platform set high above the falls which is easily reached via the designated walking trail. The panoramas are spectacular, and there’s plenty of chance to enjoy the refreshing waterhole below.
Surprise Creek Falls
This multi-layered waterfall complex can only be reached in a four-wheel-drive. Once you get to its relaxing banks and cliffs, you can indulge in a cooling swim at the base of the waterfall, or simply soak up the stunning views.
Magnetic Termite Mounds
For something a little more eclectic, the Magnetic Termite Mounds offer a great way to explore the natural wonders of the national park. Hundreds of termite mounds rise up two metres and more from the dusty ground, creating unusual formations that jut skywards. There’s a nearby information shelter where you can learn about these fascinating creatures and their even more fascinating homes.
The popular Greenant Creek Walk takes you through the lush underside of the forest and emerges at a pretty plunge pool that seems to stave off the crowds. At around a 2.7km walk, it’s perfect for taking in the surroundings and immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the area.