Litchfield National Park, covering approximately 1500 km², is near the township of Batchelor, 100 km south-west of Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia. Each year the park attracts over 260,000 visitors.
Armies of termites have created a surreal, tombstone-like field of giant termite mounds about 17 kilometres (10.6 miles) from the eastern boundary of the park. Marvel at the mounds, some of which are two metres (6 feet 7 inches) tall. Next, check out the Lost City, a collection of strange rock formations created through eons of erosion. It's an impressive sight but you'll need a 4WD to make it over the rough track. It's best to leave the driving to a local expert and sign up for a tour. AAT Kings has a great full-day tour of Litchfield with lunch provided, taking in the termite mounds, as well as Florence, Tolmer and Wangi falls. Adventure Tours offer multi-day trips that tick off the region's major attractions, including waterfalls and swimming holes.
Swim beneath the tumbling Florence Falls before enjoying a picnic lunch on the viewing platform alongside resident wildlife. Make time for the 1.5-kilometre (0.9-mile) Florence Creek Walk, which leads you to Buley Rockhole, a collection of natural spas and whirlpools. Further along you'll come to Tolmer Falls and the 45-minute Tolmer Falls Walk. Be sure to also visit Wangi Falls, Litchfield's largest and most accessible waterfall, where you can have a swim before taking the one-hour (return) Wangi Falls Walk through monsoon forest. Viator and Indigofera Ecotours run day tours to the waterfalls out of Darwin. Indigofera's three-day tour also includes the option of visiting Blyth Homestead and the Bamboo Creek Tin Mine ruins.
Get a bird's-eye view of Wangi Falls, Tjaetaba and Tolmer waterfalls and the Lost City on a 60-minute tour with Nautilus Aviation, or spend a little longer in paradise when you combine your tour with a touch-down on Crab Claw Island. Alternatively, take to the skies with NT Air, which offers flights ranging from six minutes to three hours. For something a little different, check out the abandoned Bamboo Creek Tin Mine. Learn about the local Aboriginal people's connection to the site and its pioneering history with Northern Territory Indigenous Tours. On your way in or out of the park, stop at Batchelor Butterfly Farm, the territory's first butterfly sanctuary. Tours run daily.
• Florence Falls
• Wangi Falls
• Buley Rockhole
• Magnetic Termite Mounds
• Sandy Creek Falls
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