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.
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 ‘Litchfield National Park + Jumping Croc Tour‘, is by far the most popular tour in the region. Not only do you tour all the best spots and things to do in Litchfield National Park but the tour includes a boat ride to see the ‘jumping crocodiles’.
FLORENCE VALLS VISITORS GUIDE
HOW TO GET THERE
Litchfield National Park is located 85km south of Darwin, which is the capital of Northern Territory.
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 walkways. 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.
WHAT IT’S LIKE AT FLORENCE FALLS
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.
This adventure was part of a trip with the Northern Territory Tourism Board.