Litchfield National Park

Overview

Viewing platform above Tolmer Falls
Wangi Falls - wet season water levels

Litchfield National Park is an aesthetically stunning landscape, shaped by water and time, culturally rich and steeped in history.

Come and explore the thundering falls, the walking tracks, rainforest pockets, historic sites, the intriguing magnetic termite mounds, pandanus-lined pools and 4WD tracks.

How to Get There

Via Batchelor, 100 km south-west of Darwin, the Park is generally accessible all year (sealed roads) via Batchelor. In the dry season it is also possible to get to the Park via Cox Peninsula Road (which is unsealed).

When to Visit

This Park is spectacular at any time, though most 4WD tracks are closed during the wet season. Some swimming areas such as Wangi Falls, become unsafe after heavy rain and are closed for swimming but the Wangi Falls Cafe and picnic facilities remain open.

Viewing platform above Tolmer FallsWhat to See and Do

There are many camping areas located throughout the Park, as well as picnic areas and bushwalking tracks. Some waterholes are safe to swim in.

Please Remember

Safety and comfort

  • Observe park safety signs.
  • Note locations of Emergency Call Devices.
  • Swim only where recommended (pdf 713Kb), observe warning signs.
  • Carry and drink plenty of water.
  • Wear a shady hat, insect repellent and sunscreen.
  • Avoid sitting on bare ground to protect against tropical disease (further information).
  • Wear suitable clothing and footwear.
  • Carry a first aid kit.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day.
  • Ensure your vehicle is well maintained and equipped.
  • Beware of theft, lock vehicles and secure valuables.

Please remember

  • Put your rubbish in the bin or take it away with you.
  • Keep to designated roads and tracks.
  • All cultural items and wildlife are protected.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • Nets, traps and firearms are not permitted.
  • Take care with fire, light fires only in fireplaces provided. Camp stoves preferred at Walker Creek.
  • Avoid using soaps and detergent in or near waterways.
  • Camp only in designated camping areas.
  • Collect firewood (fallen timber only) before arriving at your picnic or campsite.
  • Generators are not permitted in this Park.
  • Observe all fishing regulations.
  • Check that your vehicle is not transporting pests like weeds and Cane Toads.

Visitor Facilities

Viewing platform above Tolmer Falls
Viewing platformabove Tolmer Falls

Shady spots for picnicking are available at Florence Falls, Tabletop Swamp, Greenant Creek, Wangi Falls and Walker Creek. The Wangi Falls Cafe is located at the Wangi Falls Centre.

Litchfield boasts many improvements to enhance your viewing pleasure. There are walkways and information centres at each major point of interest throughout the park. A Ranger Station is located at Batchelor and Walker Creek. Most areas have an Emergency Call Device, toilet facilities and disabled access. Refer to map for these locations.

Environmental Education Campground

An Environmental Education Campground at Litchfield National Park has been created by Parks and Wildlife to provide a stimulating and safe place for teachers to bring young students face to face with nature. Bookings are essential though. Download thehandbook

(pdf 1.7Mb) for more information.

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Fact Sheet

Recreational Activities

Lost City
4WD to the Lost City

There are many pleasant spots to swim throughout the Park. Popular spots include Wangi, Florence, Tjaynera Falls and Buley Rockhole. There is NO SWIMMING in the Reynolds River.

Enjoyable walks leave from most popular sites. Signs in the carparks and along the tracks will show you the way. The walks vary between short strolls and walks of 1 km to 3 km.

If you are planning an extended walk, other than the Tabletop Track (pdf 538Kb) please obtain a permit prior to your visit from the Parks and Wildlife Office in Batchelor.

  • 4 x 4 Driving
  • Camping Permitted
    • Camping is available at Wangi Falls, Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls.
    • 4WD camping areas (dry season only) at Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls and downstream from Florence Falls.
    • Walk-in camping sites are available along Walker Creek (dry season only).
    • Most campgrounds are managed by 'Campground Services'. Camping fees apply. (A 'Park Fees' brochure is available for further details).
    • Accommodation and camping are available outside the Park at several commercial sites.

Environmental Education Campground

Available for school groups.

  • Caravans Permitted
    Caravan camping is restricted to Wangi Falls and no powered sites are provided.
  • Cafe
    The Wangi Falls Cafe is located at the Wangi Falls Centre.
  • Picnic Tables
    Shady spots available at Florence Falls, Tabletop Swamp, Greenant Creek, Wangi Falls and Walker Creek.
  • Swimming
    Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls, Walker Creek, Cascades, Tjaynera Falls and Surprise Creek Falls are designated swimming areas. Note: some of these areas can become unsafe after heavy rain and may be closed for swimming.
  • Walking Tracks
    Beautiful walks leave from most popular sites. Signs in the carparks and along the tracks will show you the way. They vary between short strolls and walks of 1 to 3 km. The longer 39 km Tabletop Track circuit is an excellent long distance bushwalk. It is generally open during the dry season and by permit (phone (08) 8999 4486) at other times due to hot and humid conditions. A topographic map is recommended.

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Plants and Animals

Swimming at Florence Falls
Swimming at Florence Falls

Litchfield National Park's central sandstone plateau supports rich woodland flora communities dominated by species including the Darwin Wollybutt Eucalyptus miniata and Darwin Stringybark Eucalyptus tetrodonta as well as banksias, grevilleas, terminalias and a wide variety of other woodland species.

Patches of monsoon rainforest thrive in the deep, narrow gorges created over thousands of years by the force of the waterfalls cutting into the escarpment walls.

Common wildlife species include the Antilopine Wallaroo, Agile Wallaby, Sugar Glider, Northern Brushtail Possum, Fawn Antechinun, Black and Little Red Flying Foxes and the Dingo.

The caves near Tolmer Falls are home to a colony of the rare Orange Horseshoe Bat.

Litchfield is a haven for hundreds of native bird species. Black kites and other birds of prey are common during the Dry Season. The Yellow Oriole, Figbird, Koel, Spangled Drongo, Dollarbird and the Rainbow Bee-eater inhabit the sheltered areas close to waterfalls.

Visitors walking the trails through the monsoon vine-forests might spot the impressive but harmless Nephila spider with its strong, sticky web strung between the trees. The black and yellow female of the species may grow to the size of a human hand, while the tiny orange male can be barely visible.

Top End Parks Alive

Territory Parks Alive is a program of talks and guided walks that NT Parks Rangers conduct across the Northern Territory. The program is offered from May to September each year. View the 2014 Top End Parks Alive brochure (pdf 1.5Mb).

Park Sites Access Comments Forecast Opening
Litchfield National Park Open
Park Access Edit
via Batchelor Open Edit
via Cox Peninsula Open Edit
Buley Rockhole Edit
Swimming Open Edit
2WD Campground Open Edit
Florence Falls Edit
Florence Falls Lookout Open Edit
Swimming Open Edit
Shady Creek Walk Open Edit
Florence Creek Walk Open Edit
2WD Campground Open Edit
4WD Campground Open Edit
Tolmer Falls Edit
Access Open No swimming available. Tolmer Falls lookout closed to public 13-26 October 2014 for repairs and maintenance. Edit
Tabletop Track Edit
Access Closed Closed for the duration of wet season. Edit
4WD Tracks Edit
Lost City Open
4WD Only
Edit
Reynolds River Track Open This section of Park can now be accessed via Litchfield Park Rd and Daly River Rd Edit
-Blyth Homestead Open Edit
-Sandy Creek Falls Open Edit
Surprise Creek Falls Open
4WD Only
Edit
Wangi Falls Open Edit
Campground Open Edit
Loop Walk Open CLOSED from 1 - 12 October for maintenance works Edit
Picnic Area Open Edit
Kiosk Open Edit
Swimming Open Edit
Cascades Edit
Lower Section Swimming Open Edit
Upper Section Swimming Open Edit
Walker Creek Open Edit
Bamboo Creek Tin Mine Open Edit
Access Open Edit
Green Ant Creek Walk Open Edit