Litchfield National Park is located just over an hour south of Darwin and comprises of a central sandstone plateau which supports rich woodland flora communities. Patches of monsoon rainforest thrive in the deep, narrow gorges created over thousands of years. Wildlife such as wallabies and birds flourish in the Park and can often be seen while travelling through. Gigantic termite mounds stand up to 6 meters tall, others grow in a north-south orientation, acting as a built in temperature controlled micro environment.
Litchfield is probably most famous for its spring fed waterfalls which flow all year round. Below the cascading waterfalls of the sandstone plateau are crystal-clear swimming holes lined with pandanas palms and paper bark trees. These are great places to escape the heat and take in the area by swimming and snorkeling.
Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls are undoubtedly Litchfield’s most visited swimming spots as they are easily accessed by short walks through monsoonal forest and are basically open all year round for swimming.
If you prefer to get a little further off the beaten track and escape the crowds then places such as Cascades Falls and Sandy Creek Falls are ideal. These areas are reached by 1-3km hikes through the sandstone plateau offering beautiful swimming areas that are a little more secluded than most.
Common wildlife species that inhabit Litchfield include the Antilopine Wallaroo, Short Eared Rock Wallaby, Agile Wallaby, Water and Olive python, Sugar Glider, Northern Brush tail Possum, Little Red Flying Foxes and the Dingo. Many bush walking trails are scattered throughout this 1,500 square kilometer Park so you’ll never be short of things to do.
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