Mudgee to Darwin Day 21 Litchfield NP

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 10:33

Member - Lisa & Peter (NSW)

Mudgee to Darwin Day 21 Litchfield NP

Today we had a look around Litchfield NP, it's quite close to Darwin and often very busy, for good reason as it has some beautiful waterfalls and rockpools, plus other great scenery.

We first headed down the 4wd track to have a look at the old homestead and Tjaynera Falls. The homestead and tin mine were very interesting, life must have been very tough. The book of family history was fascinating, including many stories from the family which lived and worked there. There were a couple of creek crossings on the main road and the one into the homestead but less than 400mm deep. The falls were delightful, it's about 1.7km walk from the car park and well worth it. By the time we got there we were hot and dusty and it looked so inviting. The water was freezing! But we were determined that we had to make the walk worthwhile, so (once we got our breath back) we swam across to the waterfall and back, then sat on warm rocks to dry off before walking back.

We went to a lookout over another set of falls, had a quick lunch there, Then we headed on to Buley Rockholes, such a gorgeous string of cascading pools. There was probably a hundred people there, the water temp was lovely and cool, and it was fun to sit under the rushing falls for a back massage.

We headed back to camp for a while, then I went back to Wangi falls as I wanted to photograph the cliffs lit by the afternoon sun. I also wandered up the trail near the falls for a bit, seeing bat colonies, butterflies, and about 30 wild pigs. They were quite unwary of me, foraging within a couple of metres.
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