Sep 1,2 Litchfield National Park, covering approximately 1,500 square kilometres, is near the township of Batchelor, 100 km south-west of Darwin. Proclaimed a national park in 1986, it is named after Frederick Henry Litchfield, a Territory pioneer, who explored areas of the Northern Territory from Escape Cliffs on the Timor Sea to the Daly River in 1864.
We camp at Wangi Falls for 2 days and explore the park. Nowhere near the size of Kakadu, Litchfield still has some impressive sites to visit, namely Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Tolmer Falls and the Magnetic Termite Mounds.
We meet some of the local wildlife including agile wallabies, wild pigs and one that Mairead would love – the golden orb spider (see picture). These spiders are the size of dinner plates and spin their webs across open pathways so if you are the first along a path early in the morning you may get a nasty surprise. (I knew this but Siobhan didn’t – so being a gentleman I always let her go first !)