Florence Falls is my favorite swimming spot in the beautiful Litchfield National Park. Two waterfalls pour down over the edge and into the plunge pool, flowing in from a series of smaller rock-pools in the stream above. Fish and underwater rock formations make Florence Falls an awesome spot for an afternoon of swimming.
The falls themselves are quite impressive and can be very powerful despite not being as big as some of the other falls throughout Litchfield National Park.
From the parking lot, we headed to the first viewpoint but it was a bit far from the action. We continued down the staircase, taking in the fact that we would have to walk back up later! The trail is all stairs or paved walkway. It makes access easy but it didn’t feel very natural at all. It was as subtle as possible but it felt a little like a theme park.
Once we arrived at the falls there were about 30-40 people already set up and enjoying the plunge pool. It’s quite a small space so it was pretty crowded but most people were just hanging out around the edges, not actually swimming out to the falls. We threw down our gear and went to explore underwater and under the waterfalls.
From above this spot looked really epic. Lots of rockpools slowly cascade down the stream before pouring over the edge, which made for a really cool top-down aerial shot. We also managed to fly the drone within the amphitheater of the falls despite some wind gusts. It’s important to remember that you do need a permit to fly a drone in Litchfield National Park.
BOOK A LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK TOUR
One of the best ways to experience all of the things to do in Litchfield National Park is to take a guided day-tour from Darwin. Luckily, Litchfield National Park isn’t far from Darwin compared to Kakadu National Park, which takes several hours to reach. Litchfield is just a 1.5-hour drive from Darwin making it perfect for a day trip tour.
The ‘Waterfalls Litchfield National Park Tour‘ is by far the most popular as the waterfalls in Litchfield National Park as the star attraction. This is what you can expect on the top-rated tour.
- Disappear into the tranquil landscape of Litchfield National Park, just two hours drive from Darwin
- Be amazed by the incredible architectural works of termites at the Termite Mounds
- Have your breath taken away at the Florence Falls, featuring a double waterfall
- Visit Tolmer Falls, a spectacular waterfall that is home to rare ghost bats and orange horseshoe bats
- Take the plunge at the Wangi Falls, the most accessible rock pool
- Enjoy a tasty lunch at Litchfield Cafe and round trip luxury shuttle bus transfer from your hotel in Darwin
Book a day trip tour from Darwin: Waterfalls Litchfield National Park Tour
HOW TO GET TO FLORENCE FALLS
From the parking lot, you will need to walk for about ten minutes to reach the viewpoint, although it isn’t too great. To really enjoy these falls you will need to trek down the stairs all the way to the bottom of the falls, which will take about 20 minutes. It isn’t a hard trail to manage and is very well maintained with stairs and paths.
Litchfield National Park is 85km south of Darwin, the capital of Northern Territory.
This adventure was part of a trip with the Northern Territory Tourism Board.