After writing a post on the key things to keep in mind before visiting Darwin, it has been quite some time since I planned to write about the attractions in Northern Territory including Litchfield National Park.
It was towards the end of wet season when I visited Darwin. I had Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield National Park at the top of my list. Interestingly, some of the reviews I read even mentioned Litchfield National Park is better than Kakadu (?).
So, what makes it special ?
- An easy one and half hour ( around 100KM) drive from Darwin
- Most of the attractions are accessible throughout the year including wet season
- Most of the attractions are accessible by 2WD (unlike many attractions across Northern Territory)
- Camping facilities are available
Magnetic Termite Mounds
Around 100km South West of Darwin, once you cross the little town of Batchelor and drive another 17Km, you reach Magnetic Termite Grounds.
A short boardwalk will lead you to the viewing platform and this usually is the first stop for all heading to different spots in Litchfield National park.
You get the view of beautifully aligned Termite mounds which look like tombstones but of a taller size.
The agreed theory is that these mounds are carefully designed utilising the Earth’s magnetic field properties to strategically control the extreme climatic conditions of Northern Territory. I found it quite interesting to know that these little creatures put so much of effort in carefully designing their mounds ( apartments ? ) in order to ensure better living comfort !
A series of rock pools and waterfalls makes it a nice spot to spend a day in the humid weather of Darwin. Considering my visit was during the non-peak period, this place was still crowded. There was a struggle to find a parking spot as well, as most of them were already taken. A short walk from the car park will lead you to the rock pools.
Though the spot is nice, I did not find it very enjoyable as it was very crowded.
A drive of another couple of kilometers will lead you to the car park of Florence Falls. There is a viewing platform followed by 10 minutes walk downhill to reach the pool.
This is a great spot and one of the best in Darwin.
I was lucky enough to spot few iguanas as well.
Another 30 Km drive will take you to the Wangi Falls.
There is a 1.6 Km Return walk which will lead you up to the top of the falls and has great photography opportunities. Though the viewing platform is accessible throughout the year, swimming is permitted only seasonally.
Though camping is allowed, only unpowered sites are available. Fees apply as well.
The Lost City & Blythe Homestead
The Blythe Homestead which was built by Sargent Family in 1929 and abandoned in 1960’s is a true epitome of the harsh living conditions faced by those who lived in the remote areas. Though I wanted to visit, the Homestead was closed during the wet season and I could not. Also, it requires a 4WD to visit this place as the roads leading to it are quite bumpy.
Verdict – I did enjoy Litchfield National Park for its rock holes. Though the weather was slightly humid, it was a unique experience to lie down in the natural rock pools.
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Have you visited Litchfield National Park ? Did you find any more interesting spots ?