Darwin (Litchfield Nat. Park)July 29, 2017 in Australia ⋅
Owing to our altered itinerary, our planned stop in Litchfield had to be scrapped. Luckily, it's an easy 134km drive from Darwin so we decided to make it a day trip instead.
Our first stop were the Magnetic Termite mounds which are different to the Cathedral Termite mounds we've seen so many of up here. The Magnetic mounds are really narrow and are built to align north/south, in theory so one side is always in shade. They also only build them on flood plains. We caught the end of the ranger talk and he pointed out how to spot a "live" mound versus a "dead" one - the live ones have a jagged ridge along the top of them.
It was Show weekend in Darwin so it was reasonably busy with lots of locals who obviously had the same idea as us! We checked out the campsites at Florence Falls where we had planned to stop and they were both pretty busy so we were glad we hadn't bothered to pack up the van to bring it down for a couple of nights.
We headed down the 135 steps to the Plunge Pool at the bottom of Florence Falls, enjoyed some morning tea and a refreshingly cool swim in the pool (with quite a few other people!) and then walked back to the car park along the pretty Shady Creek Walk which meanders along next to the creek and then up through the drier Savanna Woodland before joining up to the creek again. In the lower section, the trail is lovely and shady and green like a Queensland rainforest, however it's called monsoon forest up here. There were some great little picnic spots along the creek near the car park which would be perfect to stop and have something to eat and a dip in the cool water but we decided to head to Buley Rockhole for lunch.
We drove the couple of kms back down the road and joined a LOT of other people for a refreshing swim in the cool clear water. It's so naturally beautiful at this spot with the water cascading into pools down the hillside. The crowds began to thin out in the early afternoon and we had our own rock pool to sit and relax in. The kids also enjoyed jumping into a really deep rock pool at the top of the pools - a bit like a swimming pool except prettier!Read more