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|Your next adventure:||Litchfield National Park, Kakadu National Park|
|Where in the world?||Northern Territory, Australia|
|Activity:||Swimming, Hiking, 4WD|
Most of the bushwalks at Litchfield National Park are moderately easy but can get a little bit steep in parts. They range from 1km to the epic 39km Tabletop Track for the more adventurous souls out there.
|How long, how far?||3 days|
|Wrap up:||With short and long bushwalks, pristine swimming holes and spectacular scenery, Litchfield National Park is a must-do destination for your Australian adventures.|
No matter how many photos or videos you see of Litchfield National Park’s waterholes and sandstone plateaus; it doesn’t come close to the experience of being there. We spent a couple of days immersing ourselves in the natural wonders of the Park and took a dip in the well-known Florence and Wangi Falls.
We found Florence Falls in a beautiful monsoon forest. It has not one, but two waterfalls that cascade into a pristine swimming hole that can be easily accessed down a staircase. If you’re not one for getting your feet wet, you can take in the view from the platform at the top of the falls and check out the easy 1km Shady Creek walk.
On the Western side of the national park, Tolmer Falls spills over a spectacular 40 metre high cliff. We looked out over the falls and down into the bottomless plunge pool from the Tolmer Falls lookout. From here we did an easy 1.6km return walk through sandstone country and past the pristine rock pools at the top of the falls. Swimming isn’t permitted at Tolmer Falls, but it’s worth a visit just for the view.
Wangi Falls is one of the most popular Litchfield waterholes, but we were lucky enough to enjoy it without too many other visitors. Before jumping in, we walked to the top of the falls to take in the view. The 1.6km return walk starts at Wangi Plunge Pool and is moderately easy, aside from a couple of steep sections. Getting warmed up on the walk will have you well and truly ready to jump in to cool off!
Our KEEN UNEEK Sandals were very comfortable to wear. They had great functionality for crossing water ways such as creeks and pools. The grip on these sandals works well across different surfaces, but, as with all shoes, you’ll still want to be careful on wet and slippery rocks.
The Berghaus Wilderness packs are storage giants with an incredibly useful design. We especially liked the front pouch zip as well as the pockets on the pack belt. These were great for storing items we wanted to have quickly on hand – like sunscreen & insect repellent.
I can highly recommend the Mountain Designs Drift Lightweight Longsleeve Shirt for its functional design. It dried quickly from water and sweat, plus has good ventilation from the back pocket.
When you’re navigating up and down rock faces you’ll want a pair of comfortable boots that support your feet. We took the KEEN Targhee ll Mid Hiking Boots and were very happy with the sturdy and trusty design which helped immensely. They also have good ventilation so we didn't sweat too much.
It was a luxury to have cooled water during a 36 degree hot day hike. Our Klean Kanteen Insulated bottles kept our water cool, even on the longer hikes.
The Mountain Designs Swift Active Caps did a good job keeping the sun off our faces.
We really enjoyed the waterproof feature of our Suunto watches - great to be able to take it swimming. The sunrise/sunset feature was incredibly helpful in planning when to arrive and set up camp.
The adventure continues as we trek through Kakadu National Park. Keep an eye out for our next video, tips and highlights from part 2 of our trip!