Tolmer Falls was my favorite waterfall in Litchfield National Park. It was quietly magnificent, hidden away in a narrow gorge, viewable only from a small platform above on the cliffs. I think it was the subtle nature of its raw power that drew me in. I visited Tolmer Falls twice and enjoyed shooting the scenes surrounding the gorge at sunset as well as during the day.
Tolmer Falls cascades over a double escarpment, flowing beneath several stunning rock-arches before descending into a placid plunge pool, deep in the gorge. An abundance of trees fills the narrow gorge, creating a canopy for the river below when it is in full flow.
The drop at Tolmer Falls is roughly 102 meters and it truly is a majestic waterfall. I had an awesome time flying the drone through the canyon finding new angles to capture this majestic formation of mother nature.
I highly recommend Tolmer Falls for sunset. The sun lights the rocks up a magnificent earthy orange that fades to a soft red. Then, looking away from the waterfall, the rolling mountains make for some stunning landscapes and silhouettes during the final moments of the sunset. The best time to shoot this waterfall is in the late afternoon or during sunset.
You are limited to only a few angles for photos from the platform once you take into account the trees and surroundings. The drone gave us the ability to see the gorge and Tolmer Falls from a variety of unique angles. It is important to note that flying a drone in Litchfield National Park does require a permit.
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 TOLMER FALLS
Tolmer Falls is roughly in the middle of the loop road that winds through Litchfield National Park. It is adjacent to Tjaetaba Falls. There is a parking lot with a big sign identifying the two paths in the area. One path leads you to rock pools to the side of the Falls and the other down to the viewing platform. The walk down to the viewing platform says 1.6km return but felt like a quick 5-minute stroll.
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.