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Litchfield National Park

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Travel Guide Oceania Australia Northern Territory Litchfield National Park

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Introduction

Litchfield National Park, covering approximately 1,500 km2, is near the township of Batchelor, 100 kilometres southwest of Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia. Each year the park attracts over 260,000 visitors. Proclaimed a national park in 1986, it is named after Frederick Henry Litchfield, a Territory pioneer, who explored areas of the Northern Territory from Escape Cliffs on the Timor Sea to the Daly River in 1864.

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Sights and Activities

Most of the major attractions in the park are linked by sealed road and are easily accessed by two-wheel drive car. However, some of the more remote attractions require a four-wheel drive to access them.

The park is famous for its watefalls, including Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, Tjaetaba Falls, Tjaynera Falls and Surprise Creek Falls.

Other attractions including bush walking, magnectic termite mounds, Lost City, Blyth Homestead and abudant wildlife.

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Cost

There is no entry fee for the National Park. Camping fees are charged per person per night.

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Getting There and Around

There are only three roads into Litchfield National Park. The only paved access road is via the small town of Batchelor off the Stuart Highway between Darwin and Katherine. The other two options are dirt roads, one north to Darwin via Berry Springs, the other along the south edge of the park to Daly River. The north side of the park can be fairly comfortably covered from Darwin in a single day (figure on 300 km), but to enjoy the sights which are 'off the beaten track', a few more days and a 4WD will be necessary.

The National Park has a network of sealed and unsealed roads. The northern end can be visited by 2WD on bitumen roads. To visit the southern end, it is necessary to have a 4WD due to several river crossings and the variable nature of the road conditions. During the wet season (Dec-Mar) access by road may be not be possible as the 4WD tracks are closed due to flooding.

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Eat

There is only one real place to eat in the immediate vicinity of the park:

  • Litchfield Cafe, ☎ (08) 8978 2077 - Four kilometres past the Wangi Falls turnoff at the northwestern tip of the park, this cafe is a low-key operation perfectly positioned for a daytripper's lunch. Cheap and cheerful menu of Aussie/Top End standards like barramundi burgers, plus a self-proclaimed "world famous" cheesecake. Aircon indoor and tented outdoor seating. Alcohol sold. From $10.

The only other option is a little mobile kiosk at Wangi Falls.

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Drink

Drinking water is available at some of the sights.

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Sleep

In the park, there are a few public camping grounds (fees may apply) with toilets and, for some, showers.

For a bed in a B&B or hotel, go to Batchelor.

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