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  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free. There is a fee for camping

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Litchfield National Park

Renowned for its spectacular scenery, monsoonal rainforests, spring-fed streams and waterfalls, Litchfield National Park is perhaps best known for its magnetic termite mounds, immense sculptural cairns built by termites and aligned perfectly from north to south. They make quite the landscape feature - like miniature alien skyscrapers.

But it's the waterfalls, cascading from a sandstone plateau called the Tabletop Range, which draw the crowds. Some of the most popular are Wangi Falls, a deliciously deep swimming spot fringed with rainforest; Florence Falls, surrounded by monsoonal forest; and Buley Rockhole, where you can lounge in rock pools as if in a cool jacuzzi. You can't swim in Tolmer Falls, but they're well worth a look.

It's worth devoting at least a few days to Litchfield. Come here to camp, take a few hikes up to get views of the valley, go on a ranger-guided walk to find out about the magnetic termite mounds and spend your afternoons lolling in the waterholes.

Practical Info

Litchfield National Park is 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Darwin. You can generally reach it via Batchelor year-round, and from Cox Peninsula Road (which is unsealed) in the dry season. You can visit Litchfield in the wet season - in fact, this is when the waterfalls are at their most spectacular - but be aware that this some swimming opportunities will be limited. Wangi Falls, for instance, is closed for swimming when the water levels get too high.

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Small-Group Litchfield National Park Day Trip from Darwin

4 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Spend a day in the outback on a small-group tour to Litchfield National Park from Darwin. From giant termite mounds to rugged sandstone escarpments, you’ll see ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $72.49

Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 66 Reviews

Escape from the bustle of city life and spend a full day exploring the waterfalls, rainforest and rock formations in beautiful Litchfield National Park. ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.07

3-Day 4WD Small-Group Litchfield and Kakadu Camping Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Experience the rugged beauty of the Australian outback on a three-day 4WD camping safari to Litchfield and Kakadu national parks. Your outback safari takes you ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $479.62

4-Day Top End Highlights Including Kakadu and Katherine

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

See all the highlights of northern Australia’s remarkable Top End on a 4-day tour of Kakadu and Katherine. Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $699.30

5-Day 4WD Camping Adventure Including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Parks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore Australia’s Top End on a Northern Territory camping tour through Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield national parks. This five-day excursion to the ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $820.12

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