Sunday, May 31, 2009

- Litchfield National Park -

After Edith Falls we travelled to Litchfield National Park only 100km from Darwin. We stopped in at the Butterfly Park in Batchelor, taking some time out from the road and getting some awesome photo's.

We made camp at the Florence Falls 4wd camp ground and walked 15 mins for a swim in the plunge pool of the Falls. It was a little busier than expected, though still relaxing. Florence Falls is made up of 2 separate waterfalls cascading over a 15 meter cliff.

Once back at camp, we had to fight off the mozzies, while cooking etc and made for an early night.

The next morning we headed straight to the other end of the park to see Wangi Falls, again 2 separate waterfalls, though a much much higher cliff face. Unfortunately due to the recent wet season, swimming was still prohibited so we decided to do the 1.7km walk through the rain forest to the tree tops and then around the back of the falls. It was certainly a long way up and offered really great views of the surrounding country side.

Our Next stop was off the main track via 4wd to Blyth Homestead, having to cross river crossings deeper then we had on the Gibb and being potentially infested with Crocs!! Nice, i was a little worried to begin with as the water had seeped in under the bottom of the doors, however my worries lifted when we saw several other tourist vehicles had gone through and were much lower than our car!! Crazy if you ask me.

Blyth Homestead, was the location of an old tin mine back in 1929, a display throughout explores the hardships encounted by the early pioneers. We then made our way down to Sandy Creek Falls, which is a 3.4km return walk to a large plunge pool and of course a spectacular waterfall! It was amazing with the water temperature just right!!

Once back at the main road of the park we visited Tolmer Falls (a lookout over the falls as its home to 2 protected species of Bats) and then headed to Buley rockholes for a relaxing dip and a BEER!! The rock holes is a very popular spot, with easy access, and a few sections so your able to spread out and enjoy!! We stayed another night at Litchfield and then decided to head to Darwin in the morning.

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