Of all Litchfield National Park’s top attractions, Wangi Falls caters to the most diverse range traveller tastes. This means, no matter your age, interests or fitness level, you’ll find an experience for you at this popular tourist spot. We’ve put together some of our favourite things to do at Wangi Falls below, and we reckon you won’t have any dramas picking an activity or two from the list to put on your Top End travel itinerary.
During the dry season, Wangi offers a tranquil atmosphere for a relaxing swim. Wangi’s sandy-bottomed plunge pool is perfect for families and more subdued swimmers to enjoy a dip while taking in the majesty of the falls. Meanwhile, the more active folk can enjoy a paddle across the expansive pool to the escarpment face to get up close and personal with the cascades. But it’s a whole different story in the wet season when the falls have been topped up by the monsoonal rains, as the current can become strong, at times closing Wangi for swimming.
During the height of the tourist season from June-August, it can sometimes be standing (or swimming) room only at other top Litchfield swimming spots – Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole. But there’s no shortage on space to spread out a picnic rug on the manicured lawns at Wangi. In fact, it’s the perfect spot to lay down a rug, fold out the camping chairs and enjoy a relaxing packed lunch among the eucalypts. For the master chefs among us, choose to bring your own sausage sizzle and cook up a storm on the BBQs provided.
Wangi is an idyll for nature lovers, with myriad woodland species to be spotted from the walking trails that snake around this pandanus-lined oasis and through the surrounding rivers that the falls. If you’re not in the area for long, we recommend you opt for the 1.5-kilometre walk starting at Wangi’s plunge pool and head to the top of the escarpment for a spectacular view of the surrounding savannah woodlands.
If you have more time, Wangi also offers a more advanced, two-day 18.5-kilometre walking track. Graded as difficult, you’ll need to be fit to take on this trail, which forms the section of the Tabletop Track that takes you from Wangi Falls to Walker Creek.
Wangi Falls is generally open year round, although closed for swimming in the wet season.