Buley Rockhole is a series of cascades interspersed with flat rock shelves over a length of around 30 metres. There are actually several rockholes within the rock
shelves and most are surprisingly deep (> 2 metres).
Above: Buley Rockhole
(Order this image)
The rock can be slippery. I suggest you keep your centre of gravity low with crab like movements as you wander across
the rock to avoid a dangerous fall. You can scramble, jump or swim the full length of the rockholes from top to bottom, or use
the dirt path beside the river.
You can view the cascades from either bank, and from either upstream or downstream of the cascades.
It is difficult to photograph the length of the cascades because there are no well elevated viewpoints.
Car parking at Buley Rockhole is in short supply, so you might need to do a few loops to get a spot at peak times. If that is the case, you
can always go to Florence Falls and walk to Buley Rockhole by following the walking track along the river from there. There are always people at the
rockhole 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
rockhole 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 jumping into the deeper holes during the dry season. Bring a waterproof camera and a snorkel to explore
the pools. It is always hot here, so wading in the water will be a welcome relief.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Visit in the dry season (approx. May-Oct) when crocs are removed from the area. The rockholes are spring fed and
are not known to dry up.
||Visit either in the morning or the afternoon to avoid the tourist buses in the middle of the day.|
Other Information Before You Go:
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 Buley Rockhole is well signposted.
Swimming available at the falls: Yes
Toilets, campground, car park
There is a campground at Florence Falls, 2km to the north. Florence Falls
also has unpowered caravan sites. An online booking system for campgrounds in the park is due to be implemented in late 2021. Prior
to that, it is first come first served. The park is within reach of Darwin for a day trip, or for a more relaxed or extended stay,
you can try the following options, just outside the national park boundary. 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 the national park if you have a car. In the nearby accommodation options below,
all distances are by road, not as the crow flies.
NT Parks and Wildlife Service
Nearby attractions: Florence Falls
is around the corner
Before you head out, make sure to read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Specific to Litchfield National Park, the managing authority warns of the presence of scrub typhus, which is caused by bites from a mite.
Precautions include wearing enclosed footwear, long trousers, insect repellent, camping away from dense forests, and using a
ground sheet when sitting or laying on the ground.
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