Set amongst the stunning scenery of the Litchfield National Park near Darwin, Wangi Falls promises visitors a magical dose of beauty and fascinating history.
It is perhaps the best-known and best-loved attraction in the park, and can be reached by a sealed road to the west of the park – 150km to the south of bustling Darwin.
Around the falls, there is plenty for visitors to get stuck into, including hiking, relaxing, and wildlife spotting. Around the base, you can kick back and relax in the manicured picnic area as you watch the cascading water fall down the rocks and splash into the refreshing plunge pool below.
When the weather gets warm, you can cool off in the pool itself, which is flanked by lush rainforest for the ultimate paradise backdrop. Nearby, there is a kiosk to buy snacks and drinks from, a camping ground, and barbecue areas.
All around the falls, there are weaving walking tracks that take you around the waterfall and through the spectacular scenery that surrounds it.
The Wangi Falls Walk
The most popular walk is the Wangi Falls Walk, which is a two-day extravaganza that takes you 18.5 kilometres through lush bush along the Tabletop Track. Along the way, you’ll take in the beauty of Wangi Falls and make your way to Walter Creek in the heart of Litchfield National Park.
As you go, you’ll be exposed to mesmerising views across escarpment country, where the landscape is made up of rocky formations and ancient ridges filled with native wildlife and colourful plants. Keep your eyes peeled for critters like quolls, wallabies, frogs, and lizards, as well as birds including kingfishers, red-winged parrots, and double-bar finches.
From the escarpment itself, you’ll cross fairytale patches of open woodland, and cross creeks that date back thousands of years. At night, you can camp at Tjenya Falls beneath the stars and prepare for your next day of adventures.
The walk is a fairly difficult one, so only able travellers are able to walk it. However, if you still want to explore the region, you can take the return 1.5 kilometre walk that starts at Wangi Plunge Pool. From there, you climb up to the top of the escarpment and take a leisurely stroll back down to the base for a picnic, a barbecue, or a swim.
Getting to know the scenery of the Litchfield National Park is one of the most exciting parts about visiting Darwin, and Wangi Falls gives you the chance to explore it in all its glory.