One Day Litchfield Tours
Litchfield National Park is a beautiful destination found in the Northern Territory of Australia, about 100 km southwest of Darwin and one of the best places to tour around. It covers an area of 1,500 square kilometres. Named after Frederick Henry Litchfield, who explored the territory in 1864. It was home to the Wagait Aboriginal People. Designated a National Park in 1986, to this day attracting 260,000 visitors each year.
With it’s natural features and major attractions accessible by the Litchfield road, it is characterized by lush woodlands/rainforests, plunge pools, breathtaking tropical waterfalls, ruins and termite mounds.
The gateway to this park known as Batchelor is an excellent base from which to explore Litchfield. Here you can experience their traditional culture at the Coomalie Cultural Centre, where they conduct different art activities, cultural projects and exhibitions. Presenting a diverse range of artwork from across Central Australia and the Top End. In a four-wheel drive, you can explore and discover more about Litchfield Park.
Splendid waterfalls awaits such as Tjaynera Falls at Sandy Creek, Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, Tjaetaba Falls at Litchfield Park Rd, Surprise Creek Falls in the UNESCO World Heritage.
The Table Top Track, for those who wished to hike and experience the splendid isolation of the Top End, is an amazing bushwalk offering this opportunity. Going through rainforests, and creek lines to the scenic waterfalls and pools. Particularly Florence Falls, Greenant Creek, Wangi falls and Walker Creek. One needs to be prepared for this 39-kilometre circuit and carry their own supplies and water.
For those who want to swim or take a dip, Buley Rockhole is where you can find cascading plunge pools and would be a destination for this.
Stop over Blyth Homestead to see the site of an old tin mine, built in 1929, which has been abandoned since the early 1960’s, reminding us of the tough conditions faced by pioneers in remote areas. How the miners endured the hardships to live and survive challenging conditions can be appreciated too at Bamboo Creek, with their interpretive signs that explains different methods utilized to extract tin as it was discovered here in 1906, being mined irregularly until the mid 1950’s. Domestic remains of explosive magazines and artifacts relating to ore extraction, processing and transport can be seen at present.
A unique site is also the Magnetic Termite Mounds, hundreds of them built by thousands of termites, standing two meters high with north-south orientation, to keep the mounds cool, for the termites inside.
As a home to the Aboriginal people for thousands of years, special or sacred sites are also there in the park. Greenant Creek, the area below Tjaetaba Falls, is registered as an Aboriginal sacred site. Walking through the rainforest, signage is around that visitors are supposed to be observed. Only 2.7 kilometre return walk in Litchfield National Park, starting at the bridge across Greenant Creek, that would take 1.5 hours to complete.
Flora and fauna is rich in this region as it has a constant supply of water. Tall Carpentaria trees, paperbark trees and fig trees will be seen as well as frogs, lizards and geckos. At dusk or early in the morning, Wallaroos may be spotted as they pop up for a drink.
Just check the page of Adventures Beyond for one day Litchfield tours or you can visit the place as part of a 3-day tour.