Florence Falls consists of two sizeable waterfalls that flow into a circular rock pool around 30 metres in
diameter. A towering rock wall surrounds the pool on three sides and the exit is jammed with several large
boulders on which you can sit and relax near the water. There are also several cascades immediately above the falls, which can only be
seen from the viewing platforms at the top of the escarpment, adjacent to the car park.
Views from the platforms can be partially obscured by trees. You can also view the falls from the rocks around the edge of the
pool below the falls, which have a clear line of sight to the main section of the falls, but not the cascades directly above them.
There are always people at the falls because of the campground on site and the regular busloads of tourists coming in from Darwin. If you
want to avoid the buses, visit the falls early or late in the day and go to other less popular falls nearby during the middle of the day.
After photography, the most popular activity here is swimming during the dry season. Bring a waterproof camera and a snorkel to explore
the pool (which is full of barramundi) and get closer to the falls. It is always hot here, so wading in the water will be a welcome relief.
There are two walking tracks from the car park to the base of the falls. I took the shorter route,
down numerous flights of stairs just beyond the viewing platform. The walk is quite strenuous for all but the fittest of people.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Visit in the dry season (approx. May-Oct) when crocs are removed from the area. The falls are spring fed and
are not known to dry up.
||Visit from morning to early afternoon when the pool is in full sun. The viewing area
beside the pool can get quite dark in the late afternoon. There is plenty of room at Florence Falls, but
I would still try and avoid the tourist buses in the middle of the day.|
Other Essential Information:
Litchfield National Park, 140 km (approx. 2 hour 20 minute drive) south-west of the Darwin city centre
From Darwin take the Stuart Hwy southwards and turn off at the signs to
Litchfield National Park (via Batchelor). The turnoff to Florence Falls is well signposted.
Vertical drop into main pool and a further vertical drop about 20 m upstream
Swimming available at the falls:
Toilets, picnic tables, campground, scenic lookout, emergency phone
Lots of natural shade.
Access to the viewing platforms but not to the base of the falls. Wheelchair accessible toilets.
No swimming during the wet season due to crocodiles
There is a campground with unpowered sites for camping and caravans at Florence Falls. Nearby Buley Rockhole
also has a campground. The park is within reach of Darwin for a day trip, or for a more relaxed or extended stay,
you can try commercial
accommodation around Litchfield National Park
I have stayed in a cabin at Litchfield Tourist Park (as a paying guest) in Batchelor and found it quite comfortable and provided
easy access to waterfalls in the park if you have a car.
NT Parks and Wildlife Service
Nearby attractions: Buley Rockhole
is just around the corner.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
waterfall safety information
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