Buley & Florence - Litchfield

There's a lot of focus on Kakadu, but Litchfield National Park really is the next best thing. It has beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes.

If you're short on time, you can knock yourself out seeing all that Litchfield has to offer, or you can stop at one or two of the best swimming holes and really enjoy these.

If you planning on camping overnight then definitely take your time to see Litchfield. If you're based in Darwin for just a few days, then this is my recommendation for how to see the best that Litchfield has to offer.

Litchfield can be reached by driving south along the Stuart Highway to the Batchelor turn off. It takes about an hour and a half drive before you reach the first of the waterfalls.

You can then do a big loop inside the park and head back to Darwin via Berry Springs. I've done this a couple of times but as a local, I now prefer to zip down early in the morning to my two favourite spots, and be back again in Darwin by early to mid afternoon.

People forget that swimming, snorkeling, and the sun can take a bit out of you, especially if you're not used to it. This is how I enjoy a trip to Litchfield without exhausting everyone.

The Magnetic Termite Mounds

Not long after driving through the small town of Batchelor and officially entering the park, you'll come across the magnetic termite mounds. Make sure you stop.

This is a good place to stretch your legs, and there's some clean public toilets. It doesn't need to be a long stop. Follow the boardwalk and you'll see that photos don't do these termite mounds justice.

In the carpark is also a giant cathedral termite mound - it's well worth stopping just to take a selfie with this big fella. 

Magnetic Termite Mounds Litchfield NT

Next Stop - Buley Rockhole!

My mate Keith from Sydney taking a cooling dip in Buley Rockhole

After leaving the Termite Mounds, the next stops are Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls. 

There isn't any fancy footpaths to Buley Rockhole from the carpark. It's a lot of stone steps leading to these gentle cascading falls. I think this is part of the natural charm of most of the park  - and after all, isn't this why you've come to the NT?

These are naturally beautiful and relatively untouched. Depending on the time of year you visit, parts of Buley can feel like you in an infinity pool.

Buley Rockhole

You will lose mobile phone coverage on the way to Litchfield. I've recently discovered there is mobile coverage in the car park area of Buley.

Just a heads up though, phone reception it doesn't extend much further than the car park area.

Florence Falls

Florence Falls before the new access ramps

Both a good and a bad thing about Florence Falls are the steps you have to deal with getting from the carpark to the falls.

If you have people in your group with mobility or knee issues, it's probably best to give Florence Falls a miss. There are a lot of steps down from the car park to the swimming area at the bottom of the falls.

If this is the case, my suggestion would be to head straight to Wangi Falls. Wangi is a good alternative for anyone with mobility issues.

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Sharon loves to be near the water and has been spending time at the beach as a child. She spends most of her spare time doing water sports, such as snorkeling, paddle boarding, and Scuba Diving. Her next goal is to travel around Australia on her own.

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