My Australia: Northern Territory

This week we continue our My Australia series with travel blogger Isabelle’s story of her time visiting Litchfield National Park, in the beautiful Northern Territory.

Densely green, and crammed full of the incredible nature that Australia is so famous for, Litchfield has a huge amount to offer and provides some of the most beautiful sights in Australia, although unfortunately it sometimes gets over looked in favour of some of the more famous sights of the Northern Territory.

Luckily for us, Isabelle is here to explain why she treasures the time she spent exploring the wilderness of Australia’s most unique and exquisite state, and why she believe’s Litchfield National Park is one of the territories best kept secrets.

Isabelle's here to tell us why she loves Australia's Northern Territory

Isabelle tells us why she loves Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory

I visited Litchfield National Park for a day and a half, I really enjoyed the drive through the park and the knowledge that Dean, our tour guide, shared with us along the way.

You can easily spend a couple of days there if you want to do some extended walks or take more opportunities to stop along the way. Litchfield National Park may not be as famous as its brother, Kakadu National Park, but it’s definitely worth the visit.

The park is named after Frederick Henry Litchfield, one of the members of the first European expeditions in the northern part of Australia, and in 1986 the 1,500 sq kilometers of land became a beautiful National Park.

It’s known for its mighty termite mounds and stunning waterfalls, is located 120km outside of Darwin and at the beginning of the dry season, 10{8105bc8a7da0e4ee2985a05e217cd0e1bef95b551bf8bafd62a449e444182173} of the grass gets burned to make sure the the soil retains nutrients and helps the new plants to grow.

Litchfield offers stunning views like this throughout the National Park

First stop along the way was the termite mounds. There are two different types in the park; the Cathedral Termite Mound and the Magnetic Termite Mound. Overlooking these magnetic termite mounds, did remind me a little of a grave yard but they were a huge, imposing, triumph of nature.

You can also do 2 walks around the picturesque area; Shady Creek Walk, which is an easy, scenic walk over a distance of 1.2 km (return), or Florence Creek Walk over a longer, but still easy, distance of 3.2 km (return). The tracks can be exposed so you should cover up from the sun and take plenty of water.

Also, Make sure you take some time to wander through the amazing woodlands, one of the nicest walks I did in Australia was the Tolmer Creek Walk. You get to have a close look at the Cycads and Cypress pines as well as lovely views along the way before arriving at the Tolmer Falls. The distance is a reasonable 1.2km, and the 45 minute walk is a little tougher than the previously mentioned walks but it is totally worth it once you reach the beautiful falls.

Litchfield National Park is one of the Northern Territories best kept secrets

In the Northern Territory all parks have free entrance. One great thing about visiting Litchfield is that the parking sites are not very big, and once they`re full, it means the pools at the falls are also full. Giving everyone the opportunity to truly enjoy their experience and not have too many people there at once.

The surrounding pool is closed during the wet season due to the increased risk of saltwater crocodiles and strong currents that can make swimming there dangerous, so make sure you find out if you can swim before you set off.

Stunning lakes like this are a regular occurrence

The upper pools of Buley Rockhole are nature`s very own five star spa. They originate from freshwater springs, and the waters flow down towards Florence Falls.

You can also do walks around here, to the falls viewing platform, each one is pertty easy and not too far so i’d definitely recommend you do it to get amazing views of the the falls and the woodlands below.

Litchfield National Park is not only a place for visitors, the locals come here for a swim too. It’s loved and appreciated by everyone in the area. I loved my time visiting Litchfield National Park and would encourage everyone to make the trip.

If Isabelle has inspired you to explore the glorious Northern Territory, check out our cheap flights and our great deals on Northern Territory adventures.