Hi there i will be flying into darwin in May and instead of doing a tour to litchfield i was thinking of hiring a car and driving to it. I had planned on staying in a hostel or camp site in Batchelor, i was thinking of spending 2-3 nights there to see all of the park.
My questions are-
has anyone else done this?
Do you think 2-3days is too long or 2 short?
Also do you know of any good cheap hostels or places to stay?
Thanks for any responses
Hi, I stayed 2 nights (3 days) at Litchfield NP in the Wangi Falls campground, all the sites were full and some had doubled up so it was pretty popular. Staying in the campground was great because all the attractions were close by and Wangi Falls was a short stroll from my site, staying in Batchelor will mean you'll need to drive in, I've forgotten how far but I'd say it's about 30-40 mins.
I'm not sure if you'll find it too long, this is how I spent my time:
Day 1: Setting up camp, picnic and lounging at Wangi falls until evening
Day 2: Checking out the other falls, Buley rockholes, dinner then lounging at Wangi Falls until night
Day 3: Taking the 4x4 track out to Surprise Falls, then going out to the lost city
You could probably spread exploring the falls out, if you have a hire car you probably won't be able to do any of the 4x4 tracks. Either way it's a beautiful place and you'll enjoy it.
thanks for the info, i will prob hire a 4x4 now instead. Is Litchfield hard to get to from Darwin, plus I have never driven a 4x4 before lol
Have a look at the Litchfield NP page and download the fact sheet, it's got a map of the park and some info that'll be helpful. Also check the terms and conditions if you're going to hire a 4x4 as they sometimes have exclusions and bizarre conditions. The first water crossing can be deep if the wet season is a late one as can the Reynolds river, when I went through the first crossing was ~1m deep, the mid-way depth marker is NOT accurate as most of the creek flow is on either side of it and so deeper there, it read 80cm. The track in to the Lost City was very harmless, the biggest bump was going in where they've added a large hump to deter soft roaders.
Litchfield isn't hard to get to from Darwin, you can just follow the Stuart Highway and there is a big sign at the Batchelor turn off. From the map it looks like Batchelor is only 18km from the park entrance so it's pretty close to Florence Falls etc.
thanks for the good info, this is going to sound like a silly question but when is the 'wet season'.
Wet season build up usually starts in October, rains can start as early as October but in general the big rains are in February and may continue to early March. Officially I think the wet season is the Australian summer, December January and February.