It may not be as well known as Kakadu, but many Territory locals rate Litchfield, part of Wagait traditional Indigenous lands, even higher. Why not visit both? The rock formations and pools in the cliff shadow here are simply stunning, and Litchfield is smaller and more manageable than Kakadu. The 1500-sq-km national park encloses much of the spectacular Tabletop Range, a wide sandstone plateau mostly surrounded by cliffs. The waterfalls that pour off the edge of this plateau are a highlight of the park, feeding crystal-clear cascades and croc-free plunge pools.
The only downside is that, given its proximity to and ease of access from Darwin, it's often busy, and the only road through the park can be full of tour buses. Even so, it remains a beautiful place and certainly one of the best spots in the Top End for bushwalking, camping and especially swimming.