The Cascades is a wide rock lava flow of around 200 metres in length, over which a local stream trickles.
The largest fall is at the downstream end of the Cascades, with a drop of about 3-4 metres. Most of the cascades
have a drop of around half a metre to one metre.
Reaching the Cascades is more difficult than many other waterfalls in Litchfield National Park,
which means that it is less crowded than its more famous neighbours.
The first 20 minutes of the walk from the car park is across flat, open ground with little shade.
The heat across this section can be sapping, so wear a hat and bring some water. At the junction, I took
the track to the lower cascades, which is the more popular route.
As you near the Cascades, the track
narrows, becomes undulating and the rock underneath is orientated at awkward angles that stress your ankles.
The best advice I can offer about the Cascades is to wear sturdy footwear. There are also two daring river
crossings over felled logs to test your balance. The Cascades are not well signposted on the walking track
but you’ll recognize them when you arrive.
Once you get there you can frolic along the length and breadth of the Cascades. It is difficult to
photograph the length of the Cascades, because there are no well elevated viewpoints, but there are plenty of
unique and interesting pools that you can study close up. There are no facilities at the Cascades,
so make sure you have made your toilet stop at the car park and are carrying plenty of water and snacks
before you leave your car.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Visit in the dry season (approx. May-Oct). Unclear whether this creek dries up late
in the dry season, so best to visit early in the dry season until someone tells me otherwise.
||Visit in the morning. The scorching heat across the exposed plain on the way to the Cascades
can be exhausting in the middle of the day and afternoon.|
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 the Cascades is well signposted. From
the car park it is about a 20-30 minute walk to The Cascades.
Unnamed tributary of the Reynolds River
Swimming available at the falls:
Toilets, picnic tables (at the car park only)
Shade is limited, both at the Cascades and on the walking track to get there.
No swimming during the wet season due to crocodiles
There is a campground with unpowered sites at nearby Wangi Falls. 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: Wangi Falls
is around the corner
Before you head out, make sure to read the
waterfall safety information
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