Experience the waterfalls and waterholes, bushwalks, four-wheel drive tracks, birds and wildlife of Litchfield National Park, a convenient day-trip from Darwin.
Natural swimming holes
Cool off with a swim in the crystal clear plunge pool under the permanent spring-fed Florence or Wangi falls. Then sit and soak in the three-tiered cascades of the rock pools at Buley Rockhole, shaded by rainforest.
Explore the park on foot
Lace up your boots and pack swimming gear for a short bushwalk or a longer overnight hike. Take the short walk through cypress pines and cycads to the Tolmer Falls viewing platform. The caves in the red cliffs below protect two colonies of rare bats. Stretch your legs and follow the 3.5-km trail along pretty Walker Creek. Or challenge yourself to walk the 39-km Tabletop Track to see its secret waterfalls.
Drive the trails
Jump in a four-wheel drive vehicle and make your way to the sandstone relics of the Lost City or the uncrowded plunge pool at Tjaynera Falls. See how early pioneers lived at the ruins of Blyth Homestead, a cypress pine structure that is held together with wire that was inhabited until 1985.
Surprising natural formations
Walk the boardwalk that takes you past magnetic termite mounds. These fascinating feats of insect architecture tower up to two-metres and are cleverly oriented to keep the termites cool in the hot conditions.
Local flora and fauna
As you explore look out for the hundreds of species of fauna that live in the park. Wallabies, sugar gliders, quolls and flying foxes are all common here, as is the dragon-like water monitor that can often be spotted basking on rocks.
Twitchers should keep their binoculars handy to spot the Yellow Oriole, Figbird, Pacific Koel, Spangled Drongo, Dollarbird and Rainbow Bee-eater that inhabit sheltered areas close to waterfalls.