Travelers are always searching for inside information before deciding on their final destination and plans of things they want to see and do. Traveling to Kakadu and Litchfield National Park are no different. There is a wide variety of interesting things to see from natural landscapes and unique rock formations to wildlife and outdoor activities to learning about the culture of the aborigines and viewing incredible rock art that tells stories of their past.
Here is a list of the best places to visit in Kakadu and Litchfield National Park that is sure to make any and all travellers happy with their decision to travel to this region of Northern Australia.
Kakadu National Park
Some of the first places you must see in Kakadu National Park are the Ubirr Rock, Nourlangie Rock, and Nanguluwur. These three sites offer up some of the best Aboriginal rock art in the world which is upwards of 20,000 years old. The rocky outcrops tell stories of hunting, sorcery and magic, creation stories, and help define aboriginal religious ceremonies. Visitors will be in awe learning about the Bininj/Mungguy people that have existed for more than 65,000 years, making them one of the oldest cultures in the world.
Waterfalls are also a must see while visiting Kakadu National Park. The unique landscape is home to five famous waterfalls within the Northern Territory of Australia. Visitors can gaze at the tumbling water of Jim Jim Falls which cascades down 200 meters to a fabulous pool.
Next up is the 85 meter Gunloom Falls which was made famous by Crocodile Dundee in 1986. The waterfall boasts a series of rock pools where jumping in to the cool crystal water is perfect on a hot day. Another great option is Maguk or Barramundi Gorge where travellers will find incredible swimming holes surrounded by cliffs.
Most waterfalls are accessible by foot or 4wd vehicle except during the rainy season. Then travellers are advised to catch a helicopter flight over the vast area of this special place.
Cruising on the Yellow Water is another must see place for visitors traveling in Kakadu National Park. Once on the water visitors can spot 280 species of birds, wallabies, crocodiles, buffalo, and wild horses that call this area of Australia home. There are also opportunities to dip your line and catch a Barramundi.
Lastly, visitors should stop at one of the two visitor’s centres in Kakadu National Park. At the Bowali Visitor Centre near Jabiru, visitors learn about the unique plants, wildlife, and landscapes of the park. Also at the Bowali Visitor Centre is the Marrawuddi Gallery which highlights the incredible Aboriginal arts by local Kakadu artisans. The Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Yellow Water is packed with interesting exhibits about the Bininj/Mungguy people. Here visitors can learn about the ancient culture as well as attend numerous workshops that highlight weavers and artists of Kakadu. There are plenty of interactive exhibits at both including stunning walk-through exhibits that allows for first hand experiences of the park.
Litchfield National Park
Many visitors decide to travel on a Litchfield National Park tour to save the headache of driving in the Top End, as it’s 90 minutes from Darwin. Once visitors arrive at Litchfield National Park, they can enjoy numerous places to see and exciting adventures. The number one place to see in Litchfield National Park is the stunning Buley Rockholes. Here visitors can relax in a number of unique rockholes created by nature and the tumbling waters of . An ideal thing to do at Buley Rockholes is to find a relaxing natural arm chair and enjoy a great cascading massage from the crystal waters.
Other spectacular places to see in Litchfield National Park include Tolmer Falls and Florence Falls. Although there are 26 waterfalls that dot the landscape at Litchfield National Park these are the two most exciting to visit. Florence Falls tumbles some 64 meters downward over a series of tiers before plunging into a serene plunge pool. Tolmer Falls is a perfect place to watch the waters cascade down more than 100 meters into a great place for swimming. Another interesting item about Tolmer Falls is the unique wildlife that surrounds the plunge pool which includes the rare ghost and orange horseshoe bat.
Viewing the magnetic termite mounds is another ideal thing to do in Litchfield National Park. The termite mounds are formed by millions of termites and stand anywhere from two to seven meters in height. Each individual mound resembles a tombstone which makes the area look like a cemetery.
The Lost City within Litchfield National Park is a surreal place to visit that will leave visitors in awe. The stand-alone sandstone blocks jettison into the air that transform the area into appearing like a long lost prehistoric civilization. Although you will need a 4wd vehicle to get to the area, the short walk to the Lost City is definitely worth the time and adventure.
Now that you know about the best places to visit in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks you can start to pack your bags with everything you need to explore these two fabulous parks.