Litchfield National Park

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 !)

Darwin

Aug 28 to Sep 1 We have difficulty finding a good spot to set up camp in Darwin. All the caravan parks are way overpriced and do not have good reviews. And there are no free camps. We end up at the polo grounds which is well priced and is reasonably close to the city (15 kms). There is a good shopping centre at Palmerston which is close by and the other thing that is VERY close by is Darwin Prison ! You can see the perimeter fence just behind our caravan.

So it is time to stock up the caravan, visit some local sites including the Darwin Museum and the Flight Museum which contains a complete B52 bomber, very impressive. There was also an aircraft carrier visiting from the USA – it was not difficult to spot all the USA sailors wandering around the city.

We join the players at the Darwin Golf Club for their Saturday comp, a really nice golf course.