Magnetic Termite Mounds Tours

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Across fields in northern Australia stand these tall magnetic termite mounds standing up to two meters high. As a habitat created by termites, they’re strategically built to face away from the hot sun and keep temperatures cool. Inside are complex and fascinating architecture and networks of arches, tunnels, chimneys, and various chambers. Thousands of termites live in a single mound and are known to last anywhere from fifty to one hundred years — which can also be the lifespan of one termite queen. Looking at the mounds it’s hard to believe such a small insect could create such a large, elaborate dwelling for itself.

There are several types of termite mounds, and in this case ‘magnetic’ refers to the way they are aligned (in conjunction with the earth’s magnetic field.)  How the termites are able to consistently determine the north-south orientation to avoid the heat is unknown, and these structures remain a bit of a natural phenomenon.

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Located in Litchfield National Park, the first grouping of termite mounds can be found 17 kilometers from the eastern boundary of the park. Litchfield is about an hour and a half’s drive from Darwin. The natural sites are free to access.
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Address: Litchfield Park Road, Litchfield Park, Litchfield NT 0822, Australia
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Spend a day exploring the waterfalls, monsoon forest and rock formations of Litchfield National Park on a small-group tour from Darwin. Swim in natural rock pools such as Buley Rockhole, admire massive termite pillars, take a guided walk in the forest, hear Aboriginal stories, and learn about Australian plants and animals. Take a dip at waterfalls that cascade from the Tabletop Range, relax over a barbecue lunch and travel by air-conditioned minivan with a knowledgeable guide.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 9 days
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