Kakadu vs Litchfield NP

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 08:01
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Will be up in NT next winter and have the oppourtunity to spend 2-3 day in either Kakadu or Litchfield , not both unfortunately . Have never been to either so would appreciate opinions and advice from those that have done both . Realise 2-3 days will probably not be enough time to see it all but I want to make the best use of time available . Will be in my own 4WD .
Thanks
Steve
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Reply By: Pradobob - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 08:33

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 08:33
Stevo,
Hard decision, but I would go for Litchfield because it has it's features crammed into a smaller area. We spent 2 weeks in Kakadu and a week in Litchfield last year. I think they both warrant at least that time, but you obviously can't do it this trip. They are both marvellous places with beautiful scenery, but vastly different.
Bob
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Follow Up By: WBS - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 08:40

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 08:40
Bob,
That just about sums up my thoughts too. Both great places but if you have to choose and with the time constraints mentioned, I'd pick Litchfield too.

WBS
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Reply By: mylestom - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 09:01

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 09:01
Just finished in the NT, used to live in Darwin, and my wife and I both think that for a short trip Litchfield National Park. It is compact and you don't have the travel distances.
Easy access is also a bonus. Would recommend early June as that is usually when most of the tracks/camps open up. Also the waterfalls are more spectular at that time.
Blueys rockholes, Florence falls and Wangi falls, would be on the list for swimming and sightseeing.
It is a fantastic National Park and would be on better of the two for a short visit.
Saying that, Kakadu has the rock art. So its a bit of a toss up.

Go with Litchfield in June and you will be happier, with you time constraints Kakadu is to much travel.
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Reply By: Himble - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 15:02

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 15:02
Another vote here for Litchfield, for the reasons given by the previous posters!!
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Reply By: quincy - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 17:55

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 17:55
stevo, im lucky enough to live inbetween the two of these awesome parks. i myself think litchfield is good for a short visit,(do the walk into cassade falls , the last falls) awesome walk and falls its not highlighted as the other tourist ones. BUT driving through pine creek i would shoot up to gumlon falls as thats not far up and you can camp there as well, and if you have time go to koolpin (permit required but awesome). hope this helps , but i will be litchfield this weekend!! quincy
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Follow Up By: Member - Stevo_62 - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 06:56

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 06:56
Thanks for that great local info Quincy .
Steve
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Reply By: Member - Stevo_62 - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 06:55

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 06:55
Thanks everyone for your advice , looks like Litchfield is the go
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 14:17

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 14:17
Depends on what you want to do. Yes there were other things around Litchfield (the Lost City, Magnetic Termite mounds) but I got the feeling that it's mostly about the waterholes. Buley Rockholes is fantastic.Kakadu is more about the rock art, billabongs and crocodiles. IMO of course. I'd be the odd one out here and go to Kakadu.
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