Kakadu may get star billing, but Litchfield Park is one of the Top End’s best kept secrets. Easily accessible and just 120 kilometres’ drive from Darwin, Litchfield Park is the perfect getaway for those wanting a smaller scale adventure, away from the crowds.
A popular daytrip, the Park has many interesting features – monsoon forests, gorges, several waterfalls and picturesque swimming holes. There are short walks that take you through the native bushland or the more vigorous 39-kilometre Tabletop Track that runs along creeks and rivers, and through remote wilderness, offering spectacular scenery and swimming spots along the way.
Four-wheel driving enthusiasts will feel right at home with good tracks through remote areas where you can stumble upon homestead ruins and hundreds of giant termite mounds amid lush tropical vegetation. The waterfalls at Wangi and Florence Falls are a true paradise and, if you time it right, you may just have them all to yourself. Take a natural spa at Buley Rockhole or maybe a stroll to the sandstone splendour of The Lost City.
Litchfield Park is well-serviced with good sealed roads and bushwalking paths. There is a café and visitor information at Wangi Falls as well as public toilets, showers and picnic areas. There are numerous lovely camping spots and plenty of signage to advise of safety issues – crocodiles are common in the wet season, so visitors should take care to read the signs and not swim if there’s a crocodile warning.
Litchfield Park is almost like a tasting platter to Kakadu – you can spend the day swimming and exploring, walking and discovering, or just enjoy the scenery as you drive through some of the Top End’s protected natural bushlands. Litchfield is a small piece of paradise – just don’t tell anyone once you find it.