If you love waterfalls and lush surroundings, beautiful gorges and nature in all its glory and mystery - then prepare for heaven. Situated only 130kms from Darwin, Litchfield
National Park is one of the most spectacular and accessible National Parks in the "Top End". While the majority of the park is sealed and of good gravel quality, there are a couple of excellent 4WD alternatives that take you to some of the lesser know areas of Litchfield
. It's possible to take in Litchfield
NP in a day, but if you have the time, then its definitely worth exploring around. If you're travelling in the park, especially in the peak season of May to October, don't be surprised if the major attractions in the park are extremely popular.
How to Use this Trek Note
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on each POI page.
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National Park is a very integral part of the Northern Territory
’s network of conservation reserves
. The park covers approximately 1,500 square kilometres and features sandstone plateaus, tropical woodlands, paperbark and monsoon forests, gorges, waterfalls, creeks, floodplains and much more. It has a high diversity of plants and animals including around twenty plant species and a dozen animal species.
Like just about all places
there are hazards and Litchfield
National Park is no exception. Please use caution and observe Park safety signs, swim only where recommended and observe warning signs.
Estuarine crocodiles also known as Saltwater crocodiles live in the top end
and management practises reduces the risk of these reptiles entering popular areas such as Wangi Falls. Prior to opening the Falls each year, surveys are conducted and crocs are trapped and removed when detected. Please report sightings to Park Rangers and do not risk entering areas that are closed.
The history of Litchfield
begins with the Wagiat Aboriginal people who lived here for thousand of years supported by a rich environment which provided plenty of bush tucker and materials for shelter and bush medicine.
The first European discovery of the area was in 1864 with the Finnis Expedition. The park was named after a member of this expedition, Fredrick Henry Litchfield
, who believed the area offered enormous prosperity and settled here.
From 1889, copper and tin were mined at Bamboo Creek and Mt Tolmer for ten years and later parts of the area were used for pastoral leases. In the late 1960's, 4WD tracks were pushed through to a number of falls. In 1986, increasing visitors to the area results in the establishment of Litchfield