Litchfield National Park

Northern Territory

Welcome to one of Australia's best national parks, a stunning world of striking rock formations and rock pools, high cliffs and waterfalls, croc-free swimming and outstanding hiking. It's just 115km from Darwin, which makes it really accessible but also means it can get really crowded with day-trippers. Highlights include magnetic termite mounds, Buley Rockhole, Florence Falls and Tolmer Falls, but Litchfield's big-ticket attraction is Wangi Falls, which spill over a cliff into a swimming hole bordered by rainforest.

Get here early to see Litchfield in its best light and to be one step ahead of the crowds.

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3. Robin Falls

13.89 MILES

Near the Adelaide River township, this popular waterfall and waterhole is reached via a snaking trail alongside a creek and is good for swimming. It gets…

4. Adelaide River War Cemetery

15.34 MILES

A sea of little brass plaques commemorating 434 soldiers and civilians killed in the 1942−43 air raids on northern Australia.

5. Lost City

15.66 MILES

One of the more accessible of 'lost cities' in the NT, this dramatic collection of eroded rocky outcrops, some up to 500 million years old, has come to…

6. Tolmer Falls

17.42 MILES

One of Litchfield's most spectacular sights, Tolmer Falls doesn't quite get the crowds because of the absence of swimming, and we like it all the more for…

7. Magnetic Termite Mounds

18.1 MILES

About 17km after entering the park from Batchelor you come to what look like tombstones. But only the very tip of these magnetic termite mounds is used to…

8. Florence Falls

19.96 MILES

Florence Falls is one of Litchfield's more agreeable waterholes, accessed by a 15-minute, 135-step descent to a deep, beautiful pool surrounded by monsoon…