There are many reasons to visit the beautiful Litchfield National Park, which sits in between Darwin and Katherine in the Northern Territory. However, the must-do-once-in-your-lifetime experience is surely floating in the swimming hole under Florence Falls. The spectacular double waterfalls are set among monsoon forest and flow over the escarpment year round.

“Litchfield is equal to, if not more stunning than Kakadu.”
– Suzi Petkovski

Quite apart from boasting one of the best waterfalls in the Northern Territory, Litchfield National Park features several other crystal clear waterholes, waterfalls and fascinating sandstone features. Most of these are easily accessible via sealed roads and short walking tracks.

Did you know?
Litchfield was only made a National Park in 1986. For almost 75 years prior to 1955, the area was subject to tin and copper mining.

How to get there
Qantas and Virgin Blue have regular flights to Darwin from most major cities in Australia.

Litchfield National Park is located near Batchelor, 100 km south-west of Darwin.

The Park is generally accessible all year on sealed roads via Batchelor. In the dry season it is also possible to get to the park via the unsealed Cox Peninsula Road.

Best time to go
In the Dry between May and October

Further information
Useful websites:


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Visitor info on Litchfield National Park by Tourism NT
Parks and Wildlife Service NT information on Litchfield National Park
Detailed visitor information on the NT from Tourism Top End

** This is our original 100 Things to Do Before You Die. First published in 1996. There is an updated 100 Things To Do In Australia Before you die, published in 2011.

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