Litchfield’s Waterfalls

Litchfield’s Waterfalls

Heading to Litchfield National Park and want to get into some waterfalls? Here are our top tips!

Each rock pool is a little different and offers something unique. Buley rock hole is one of the first rock holes when coming into Litchfield from Batchelor. It is open all year round (croc free!) and each of the little rock holes is unique with some deep, others shallow and all changing with the flow of the water. In the dry season you will find Buley heaving with people so we recommend going outside of weekends when it’s much quieter or late on a Sunday afternoon once most people have left. When you turn up to Buley if the car park is overflowing you may want to give it a miss but if there are plenty of free car parks you will find there are plenty of free rock pools to find some waterfall magic. This is a special spot. 

Down the road from Buley is Florence Falls. There are some great views and viewing platforms at the top of Florence Falls. If you want to take a dip you will need to venture down the 160 steps to the bottom. This one isn’t wheelchair accessible except for the viewing platforms. It’s a bit of a hike but the dip is worth it. 

Driving further into the park from Florence you will find a sign for Tolmer Falls. You can’t swim in Tolmer however it’s worth having a look. There are two accessible viewing platforms, one overlooking the waterfall and one overlooking the mountains. The signage at the park says the walk is about 30 minutes but this is a very slow walk…….. for most people it’s 15 minutes round trip for both viewing platforms. There are also some tables with shade as well as toilets. Mind the green ants!

Driving about 10 minutes past Tolmer you will soon see signs for Wangi. These falls are often featured in iconic photos of Darwin. Wangi is stunning although you can only swim there in the dry season. There will be freshwater crocodiles in Wangi all year round although you are very unlikely to ever see one. They usually avoid people and it is only the unlucky few who have had a nip on the angle by an unhappy freshy over the years. In the wet season there may be salt water crocodiles in Wangi so it is closed off. Rangers  ensure there are no saltwater crocs in Wangi before pressing the green light for people to swim when the seasons change. There is also a viewing platform to take those iconic photos from. 

There are a number of new waterfalls recently opened  so this post will be updated next dry season. 


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