Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Litchfield NP, NT

Litchfield National Park, covering approximately 1500 km², is near the township of Batchelor, 100 km south-west of Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia. Each year the park attracts over 260,000 visitors.  The park was established in 1986.


Aboriginal people have lived throughout the area for thousands of years. It is important to the Mak Mak Marranunggu (northern portion), Werat and Waray (southern portion) Aboriginal people whose Ancestral Spirits formed the landscape, plants and animals and are still present in the landscape today.

The day we went there it was 35degC, a lovely winter's day though rather warm.  The waterfalls are a welcome sight with many people taking advantage of the water to cool down.





Buley Rockhole, the above two photos.


Florence Falls above.




 Tomer Falls, above.  Hardly any water was flowing.


 



Wangi Falls, above 3 photos.


29 comments:

  1. what a beautiful place. I feel like going for a soak.

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  2. Schöne Bilder vom Wasserfall und den Felsen.

    Gruß
    Noke

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  3. The waterfalls are beautiful, so dramatic. It would be fun to swim under one and a great way to cool off.

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  4. Good place to enjoy the freshness of the water, on hot days, and at the same time indulge in the beauty of the landscape.

    kisses

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    1. Certainly was and is a refreshing place in winter suns.

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  5. That seems to be a remarkable number of people enjoying the cooling waters.
    Being so close to Darwin - only 100 kms I suppose this may have been a weekend
    for the Darwinites to get out of the city and/or tour buses for visitors stop here
    for a rest. Or is there a big camping area connected to the Park?
    Anyhow it sure looks inviting on a 35c day. Hopefully there are warning signs about
    the dangers of diving straight in because of hidden rocks and logs???
    Great report Margaret of one of the treasures of the far North.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. There is a caravan park before you arrive at the the first waterfall.
      No warning signs for logs...i didn't see any warning signs at all but i guess i missed seeing them...garking about i suppose..

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    2. We went there on a tour bus and we all went swimming. It is one of the most beautiful National Parks I have visited.

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    3. Oh did you...bet it was fun. It is a lovely park..

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  6. Croc free zone, I guess, but is that guarantee? The falls and the pool look very refreshing.

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    1. No it's not guaranteed Andrew but no one seemed to be looking either. I expect the Rangers know if any are about..

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  7. What a great landscape. It is fantastic setting. 35C degrees is very warm.

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  8. What a glorious place. Love that water, and the drama of the landscape. Thank you.

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  9. I have fond memories of these falls, but also a little fear as I recall the guide telling us something about fresh water crocodiles - "but don't worry they don't attack like salt water crocodiles" - joke or not, I wasn't too keen on staying the water for too long ;-)

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    1. Fair enough on thst, i wouldn't go in at all if a croc was about, even though they would probably be smaller.

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  10. Looks like a good swimming hole,
    I've heard that crocks don't like fast moving water but this might not be true.
    Merle......

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    1. Merle
      That is 100% correct. There would be no crocs in that waterfall area.
      The Government and Aboriginal park rangers would have never opened the area if crocs
      were anywhere NEAR that area.
      Colin

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    2. That could be true about running water.
      There are croc fences which can't necessarily be seen there.

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    1. I didn't go for one but those that were in the water were having great fun.

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  12. Once again, fabulous photos of fabulous areas. It is true...it has been proven over and over again, we do live in a wonderful country. And I thank you for sharing some of it with us. :)

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  13. It's a very lovely area; nice to see people enjoying the water and picnicking.

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