It is many years since I have been to Litchfield National Park and on my recent sojourn to Darwin, a visit was included on the agenda. Named after Frederick Henry Litchfield who explored the Northern Territory in the mid 1800s, the 1,500 square kilometre park is a comfortable 90 minute drive south of Darwin. The park has several stunning waterfalls and crystal clear swimming holes, the largest being Wangi Falls.
In 1883, surveyor David Lindsay named the falls after his youngest daughter, Gwendoline. Forty years later, Max Sargent took up the pastoral lease over the area and renamed the falls after his second daughter, Kathleen, who was born in 1954. The Townsend family took over the lease in 1961, built an outstation nearby and called it Wangi, the local aboriginal name for the area. Consequently, the falls became known as Wangi Falls. There are actually two cascades at Wangi, the morning sun wasn’t conducive to photographing the narrower stream flowing to the left of the main falls.
We set off on the Wangi Loop Walk, a 1.6 kilometre circuitous trail that climbs the escarpment to the top of the falls and returns on the other side of the pool. Colonies of flying foxes roosted above us, not bothering to seek shade for their morning slumber.
Meandering streams tumbled their way through the lush forest,
the canopy opened up to reveal a breathtaking vista as we neared the summit.
There is no view of the actual falls from the top and it is surprising that these trickling water courses create such a spectacle as they plummet over the cliff.
Smaller waterfalls accompanied us as we twisted and turned our way down a series of stone steps
to return to the pool for one last look at the majestic Wangi Falls.
That was a very pleasant day. The first time I ever visited Wangi Falls was in 1985, it took ages to get there on a rough dirt track and we parked the car next to the main pool. We had the whole of the falls to ourselves, it was quite an experience. Now it is such a busy spot and even has a cafe on site!
It was a lovely day and good exercise. I guess there is a need to cater to the tourist masses and protect the environment from them at the same time. At least we found a secluded spot for lunch 😊
Beautiful, the water looks very inviting ❤
It certainly does, although I’m not sure how reliable the croc information is!
As beautiful as ever … always an irresistible spot!
And in the wet season even more spectacular!
You’re lucky it is “just down the road”. I’d love to see it in the wet but I’m not sure we would survive the heat.
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