Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory
Just 129km from Darwin and 268km from Katherine, this 143 sq km area was scarcely known until it was proclaimed a National Park in 1986. Today, a quarter of a million locals and tourists each year make the journey to the weathered sandstone, monsoon rainforest, perrenial spring-fed streams, waterfalls, magnetic termite mounds and historc ruins of Litchfield National Park.
Originally the home of the Wagait people, the first European exploration was the 1864 Finniss Expedition. Frederick Henry Litchfield, a member of that expedition, has been remembered in the new National Park's name. For almost 75 years until 1955, the area was suject to tin and copper mining and then fell under pastoral leases until the Park became a reality.
Everything about Litchfield National Park says easy. The main attractions are all linked by quality sealed roads. If you have a 4X4 or are on a 4X4 tour, you can reach the more remote locations. During the dry season, you can go by 4X4 down the Southern Access Track all the way to the Daly River Road. During the tropical summer it is essential to check the conditions of unsealed roads. You can camp at various locations inside Litchfield or stay at a hotel or caravan park in Batchelor (see Katherine Tour), just 13km from the Park entrance. Always remember, some areas may be difficult to reach during the tropical summer and some of the swimming holes may be closed due to turbulence.