Litchfield Park (17.07.2012): Today we drove 117km from Darwin to Litchfield Park National Park. The roads are great: all very straight and mostly single lanes with very little traffic. I have had a go at driving and like it. It is nice to be high up. I can't for the life of me park the thing though!
After driving through Batchelor our first stop was the Magnetic Termite Mounds. The mounds stand up to two metres in height - it kind of looked like a grave yard. The Cathedral Mound was very impressive. We took a few pictures then headed for Florence Falls - a fantastic double waterfall set against monsoon rainforest. The falls are free flowing all year round and feature a plunge pool at the bottom. We went for a lovely refreshing swim in the pool and for a nice hike to a viewing platform.
Our next stop was Tolmer Falls which seemed to be the highest of the falls we saw today. From the view point we could even see Ayers Rock! We took another nice walk before heading for the most popular attraction of the park: Wangi Falls. We went for a fairly long walk around the falls, saw a few snakes and also lots of flying foxes. We then went for another dip in the pools before heading to Buley Rockhole, our campground for the night.
Litchfield is a fantastic stop. We almost missed it out as it was easier to just go straight to Kakadu but as the waterfalls will be dried up in Kakadu we thought we would swing by for a stop. Great decision! Tomorrow we have to head back towards Darwin to get to Kakadu - it was worth the detour.