Litchfield National Park
Temperatures across the Northern Territory can be very hot between October and March.
It can exceed 40 degrees celsius in some locations. High humidity in the Top End can also make you tire easily.
Check forecast temperatures before you visit. Find out how to prepare and stay safe in the heat.
Litchfield National Park is a must see if you're in the Top End.
It's home to several stunning waterfalls that cascade into crystal clear pools, iconic magnetic termite mounds and clusters of weathered sandstone pillars at the Lost City.
Swimming under the falls and relaxing in waterholes is a favourite pastime for visitors and locals alike.
It is a popular day tour destination from Darwin or Katherine, but many visitors choose to stay overnight in one of the campgrounds.
Beautiful walks leave from most popular sites.
Read more about short walks in Litchfield National Park.
If you're looking for more of a challenge, there is the 39km Tabletop Track or there are plenty of tricky four-wheel drive tracks.
Shelter from the heat in shady monsoon forest in the ancient gorges created over thousands of years ago. It is a haven for hundreds of native bird species and the plateau supports a rich range of woodland flora.
Ranger Station phone: 08 8999 3947
|Park sites||Access||Comments||Forecast opening|
|Litchfield National Park||Open||-|
|via Cox Peninsula||Open||-|
|Florence Falls Lookout||Open||-|
|Shady Creek Walk||Open||-|
|Florence Creek Walk||Open||-|
|Lost City||Closed||Closed due to seasonal weather conditions.||Anticipated re-opening April 2022, dependent on weather conditions.|
|Reynolds River track||Closed||Closed due to seasonal weather conditions.||Anticipated re-opening April 2022, dependent on weather conditions.|
|Sandy (Camp) Creek Falls||Closed||-|
|Surprise Creek Falls||Closed||-|
Cafe is open for takeaway only, 11am to 2pm daily.
Information about the cafe is available at www.wangifallscafe.com.au
|Swimming||Closed||Closed for seasonal weather conditions||Anticipated re-opening April 2022, dependent on weather.|
|Lower section swimming||Open||-|
|Upper section swimming||Open||-|
|Cascades Loop Walk||Open||-|
|Other sites in Litchfield|
|Bamboo Creek Tin Mine||Closed||Closed for seasonal weather conditions||Anticipated re-opening April 2022, dependent on weather.|
|Greenant Creek walk||Open|
The Park is about 120 km southwest of Darwin, on sealed roads via Batchelor or the Cox Peninsula Road.
Access via the Daly River Road is by 4WD only during the dry season (check for wet season closures).
You can do all of the following activities in Litchfield National Park:
- wildlife spotting
- visit scenic lookouts
- view historic ruins at Blyth Homestead and Bamboo Creek
- four-wheel driving
- ranger-guided activities.
Generators and pets are not permitted inside the park.
Camping is available year round at Wangi and Florence Falls. Wangi Falls also has non-powered caravan sites.
Four-wheel drive camping areas are available at Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls and Florence Falls.
You can also four-wheel drive camp at Central Valley campground.
There are walk-in camping sites along Walker Creek, though these are closed during the wet season.
Commercial accommodation is available just outside of the park.
Camping fees apply and are payable on-site.
Litchfield National Park has all of the following facilities:
- café at the Wangi Centre, Wangi Falls
- information signs
- ranger station
- 4WD roads
- fire pits
- public toilets
- disabled access
- picnic areas
- caravan sites
- walking tracks
- souvenir shop
When visiting the park, remember all of the following:
- bins are not provided so take your rubbish with you
- glass containers are not permitted within 10m of the water
- stay on marked roads and tracks
- cultural items and wildlife are protected
- pets are not permitted
- don't feed native animals
- nets, traps and firearms are not permitted
- be careful with fire and light fires only in fireplaces provided
- do not use soaps and detergents in or near waterways
- camp in designated camping areas
- collect fallen timber for firewood from the main Litchfield Park Road
- generators are not permitted
- follow all fishing laws
- check that you vehicle is not transporting weeds and pests like cane toads.
You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Litchfield National Park by doing all of the following:
- swim only in marked areas
- observe park safety signs
- carry and drink plenty of water
- wear a hat, insect repellent and sunscreen
- wear suitable clothing and footwear
- carry a first aid kit
- avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
- use free interactive park maps on your mobile phone or tablet
- take note of emergency call device locations
- make sure your vehicle is well-maintained and equipped
- beware of theft, lock vehicles and secure valuables.
Do not sit on bare ground or grass as scrub typhus is transmitted by microscopic bush mites on grasses and bushes. Read more on scrub typhus.
You should only swim in designated areas.
Last updated: 04 May 2021
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