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Litchfield National Park

Darwin's playground, Litchfield National Park is close enough to visit simply to swim in a cool waterfall rock pool and enjoy beautiful tropical forests.

Wangi falls rainforestMore than just swimming - Rain forest walk at Wangi Falls
Signpost to Litchfield national Park via Stuart Highway and Batchelor townshipSignpost to Litchfield national Park via Stuart Highway and Batchelor township

The park is accessed by sealed road from the Stuart Highway through the town of Batchelor, about an hour's drive (112k) south of Darwin.

Look for the Batchelor turn-off, it's hard to miss!

Finniss River BridgeNew Finniss River Bridge and road

The new Finniss River Bridge and newly sealed road from Wangi Falls to Berry Springs now provides a sealed loop through the park.

See some photos of the old bridge here.

Bird Information sheet from Parks and Wildlife

Litchfield is well known for the great diversity of birdlife that can bee seen in the park and nearby areas. 

wangi falla swimmersSwimming at Wangi Falls during the dry season when levels are safe. (See rear left of water)

And many people from Darwin visit, packing an esky with snacks and drinks and heading off to Wangi Falls, Florence Falls or any of the other swimming spots in the park for a day of adventure and recreation.

While heavy thunderstorms can sometimes close roads and swimming at the peak of the wet season, most popular picnic and swimming areas are accessible by sealed roads from the Batchelor entrance to the park.

If the road is flooded be very careful and don't check the depth by wading into the water, this is crocodile country! Only recognised swimming pools are safe, and then only because they are checked by rangers. 

Swimming at Florence FallsSwimming at Florence Falls

Florence Falls is another popular swimming pool, you can see swimmers as a couple of small specks at the base of the waterfall on the right.

There is a staircase leading down to the base of the falls, with toilets and an information board at the car park.

It is a long climb, but worth every step if you love swimming in cool, clear water in a beautiful bush setting

Park Information BoardPark Information Board

Enjoy these for Free;

  • Entry to Litchfield is free
  • Magnetic Termite Mounds boardwalk
  • Buley Rockholes swimming and bushwalk
  • Florence falls swimming and bushwalk
  • Wangi Falls swimming and bushwalk
  • Tolmer Falls bushwalk (no swimming)
  • Walker Creek swimming and bushwalk
  • Surprise Creek Falls (4WD) camping & swimming
  • Lost City Rock Formations (4WD)
  • Bamboo Creek Tin Mine
  • Greenant Creek bushwalk and swim
  • Sandy Creek (4WD) swim, bushwalk

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Accommodation in Litchfield Park is limited, however there are several caravan and camping parks within a few minutes drive, and some have quite comfortable cabin style accommodation.
Read more about Litchfield Park Accommodation here..

Historic Information on the old bridge and road from Wangi Falls to Berry Springs

The road from Wangi Falls to Berry Springs had about 20k's of unsealed, corrugated dirt road, and was completely cut during the wet season by flooding at the Finniss river.

Check the signs at Wangi Falls or ask at Berry Springs  before you travel, or you may be forced to turn back at the river.

Finniss River CrossingFinniss River - the rise in the distance is the other river bank during floods.

Note there are no rails on the sides of the steel crossing so even a shallow amount of water flowing over the bridge could wash a vehicle off.

A small weir just upsteam from the bridge makes a picturesque setting in the evening light. You can see concrete at the base of the trees on the right of the photo.

Finniss River BillabongFinniss River reflections in the evening light.

Before you are tempted to cool off with a quick dip in the billabong, check this shot of the weir.

Notice the black spot on the far bank circled in red, just above the white water.

It's a bit clearer with the aid of a telephoto lens. This is a saltwater crocodile, by my estimate a bit over 3 m long and quite capable of taking an adult person.

Finniss River CrocodileFinniss River Crocodile

People camping nearby told us two more crocs had been seen in the water upstream, this is crocodile country.

Work on a new bridge and sealing the last section of the road is well under way. When finished it will make access to Litchfield Park much easier.

Finniss River bridge constructionNew Finniss River bridge construction - September 2019
Finnis River BillabongThe Billabong under the new Finniss River Bridge. The old bridge is just visible at the end of the water.

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