Blogs from Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania - page 3


Leaving Katherine we head north on our way to the Litchfield National Park. We stop at Edith Falls on the way and check out the campground and lake. We also call in to Robin Falls. Our next stop is Adelaide River where we visit the War Cemetery, this is such a beautiful place and so well looked after. It was very moving to walk around the War Cemetery and the General Cemetery next to it and read the names of so many young men and women. Litchfield National Park was our next destination, inside the park we stopped at the magnetic termite mounds, Buley Rockhole - great spot but too crowded and Florence Falls whcih was just lovely, we had a swim here and were able to see quite a lot of fish swimming around very ... read more
Magnetic Termite Mounds
very large Cathedral Termite Mound

Last morning in the outback!!!!!! It has been such a wonderful time! But the best is yet to come, Litchfield is a much smaller national park but it is the most glorious for someone like me who loves the water. We vist Florence Falls this morning and only the guide Craig and myself and 3 of the kids hit the water. It is fantastic, pristine water hole carved in the stone by the river and the water falls cascading down on top of you. It's hard to swim to the waterfall because of the strong current but it can be done. We have to leave as the larger tour bus has arrived and the people are swarming all over the place. The 6 AM rise gave us first shot at the water hole in the relative ... read more
Flying High on Stuart Highway WWII airstrip
Last Request

Litchfield National Park to Darwin Our morning travels started after the mozzies cleared, and we soon made our way to Bark Hut Inn along the Arnhem Highway to get just enough fuel to get us to a bigger (and cheaper) stop. (11.5L @ 173.5c/L). After being advised by a worker here that Fogg Dam was beautiful and worthwhile checking out, we stopped at this location not far from Humpty Doo – only to find an abundance of wetland birds, and a similar abundance in avid birdwatchers each clinging to their binoculars with a distasteful look at us as we arrived-as though us youngins’ may scare away the precious birdlife. Continuing on, we checked out the Didgeridoo Hut, and later fuelled up at Noonaman (51.1L @ 158.7c/L). From here we headed south towards Litchfield, passing the ... read more
Magnetic Termite Mounds
Florence Falls
Tolmer Falls

Travelling from Lake Argyle to Keep River National Park was a short journey, however it took nearly 3 hours. No this wasn't the result of bad roads or heavy traffic, we crossed the state boundary into the Northern Territory and consequently lost an hour and a half. So with the day nearly gone there was just enough time for a walk into the Gurrundalng. This is the Aboriginal name for Keep River N P, and suits it much better I think. It's also the name of a beautiful blue/grey stork-like bird, many of which we saw in the park. Scrambling through rocky gullies and over wooded banks of woolly-butt trees we felt completely alone amongst this beautiful wilderness. The undulating cliff faces and sporadically placed palms seemed to stretch forever with no hint of human habitation. ... read more
Our Camp
Katherine's hot springs
Darwin...swimming anyone?

So we set off from Darwin early in the morning with our guide Debden. The bus was a converted 4WD lorry base with driver + 6 in the cab section & what was pretty much a minibus on the back. Strange thing! Today we headed out to Lichfield NP and the first stop was to admire the termite mounds. We saw the owering Catherdral Termite mounds, the eerie Magnetic Termite mounds - which all align north-south and look like gravestones and the Tree-Piping Termite mounds (at speed from the bus) which are built up around the bases of trees - these termites then hollow out the tree which the aborigines then cut down & turned into didgeridoos. Next stop was the Florence Falls where we couldn't swim in the plunge pool as it was too strong ... read more
Magnetic Termite mounds
Window on the Wetlands
Florence Falls

On Friday I got up early to join a tour to Lichfield National Park, which is a couple of hours drive out of Darwin. Our first stop was at the Adelaide River where we had breakfast and coffee, held a couple of snakes, and then went on a boat cruise up the river to spot crocodiles. This tour was a little different than ones I've done in the past, as these crocodiles are used to performing to get food. They swim straight towards the boat when they hear you coming, and the staff hold some meat from a stick and the crocs jump out of the water twice on each side before getting the meat. They are totally wild crocs but are quite used to the drill, and perform very well for maximum photo opportunities. There ... read more
Adelaide River

Tuesday 28th September (cont)... Later that same day, fuelled with a bit of dutch courage and convinced that we'd been imbued with some local knowledge through the consumption of a Kangaroo, Crocodile and Barramundi mixed grill, we decided to enter a local pub quiz. Most of our answers consisted of a stock phrase " take pity on us we're Poms". This earnt us absolutely no sympathy and suffice to say we ranked towards the lower end of the scoring spectrum. Wednesday 29th September Got up early to pick up our campervan and start our journey into the wilderness. First stop Adelaide River Township where we parked up and took a trek to Robin Falls. (Hadn't seen a vehicle for hours, until Han got changed in the back of the camper and as if by magic, the ... read more
Buley rockhole(03)
Buley rockhole(02)
Magnetic termite mounds

Today we headed to Litchfield National Park for an overnight stay. As we had not booked any accommodation we had to first find somewhere to stay. Our first choice was booked out so we moved down the road to our second choice, it too was booked out. The last place had budget accommodation available for $70 a night. This bought you a 4x4 metre room with 2 bunk beds, a fridge and a vinyl floor. We did have a clunky air conditioner, so that was alright. After the owner came and gave it a thump it was quiet enough to be able to get to sleep. The lady who showed us the room said “the cobwebs are free”. The place had a real outback feel. Once our accommodation was sorted out, we headed to Florence Falls ... read more
Another termite mound
Magnetic termite mounds
Florence Falls

I was just so excited about Litchfield National Park. Not only had we heard that it was one of the highlights of the Northern Territory, but we were meeting up with the Fitzpatrick family when we got there. The lovely Fizz (or Colin - mate of mine I met in Leeds over 10 years ago), his wonderful wife Tani (a Kiwi and all round great friend who lived in Leeds for years with Fizz) their daughter Phoebe (one very very cool ‘just turned 2’ year old) and bump (wee brother to be for Phoebs) who live in Darwin. We kind of managed to completely miscalculate how long the journey would take us from Kakadu to get there and arrived about 2 hrs later than planned to find that Fizz and Tani had saved a pitch for ... read more
Too cool for school, in Xandras flip flops
Flutterby Farm
Huge Mound

31st October - 2nd November 2009 Litchfield National Park Litchfield is awesome! I have done nothing but swim in waterholes, do some seriously fun off road driving, get up close and personal with some rather large termite mounds, star gaze and permanently part my hair in the waterfalls! It has been just great! For starters, Litchfield is small, really small. You could be in and out in one day. But that would be boring! There are 3 main watering holes to have a swim in: Florence Falls, Buleys Rockhole and Wangi Falls. All are great, all have their own character. Wangi Falls is where I stayed the night. It's the biggest swimming hole and the falls were still flowing alittle. It is shallow in most parts but then you swim over the deeper sections and well, ... read more
Litchfield National Park
Wangi Falls
Fish cam!

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