The Litchfield National Park boundary is about 70 miles (114km) from Darwin and takes just over an hour to reach. We rented a car for a few days and made a couple of road trips, the first to Litchfield. We’d had a great time visiting the park–the scenery was beautiful, the falls were more active than we were expecting and the walks were easy and enjoyable.
Trip highlights from August 5th follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps
The Tolmer Gorge and falls are closed to the public to protect the resident Orange Horseshoe and Ghost bats. But you can get a good look at the falls and sweeping views of the area from a viewing platform just east of the falls.
The sign on the left says that the pool at Wangi Falls is open for swimming. The sign on the right says that freshwater crocodiles inhabit the area and can cause injury, and that fearsome saltwater crocodiles also can reach the pool and people should not swim when the pool is closed. The parks department searches the waters for “salties” before opening the pool for swimming in the dry season. We weren’t planning to swim, but if we were, the signs would have slowed us down a bit.
The Wangi Falls track had a sweeping view southwest across the park. This was our last stop before heading back to Darwin.
Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map, with the complete log of our cruise.
On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps.