Wangi Falls is the jewel in the crown of Litchfield National Park. The falls are strong and powerful, and are framed by a large, clear, deep
pool. The pool is around 100 m wide and 100 m long. There is a smaller trickle to the left of the main falls. There are two viewing platforms
on the edge of the pool. Both have clear lines of sight to the falls and the downstream pool. You get up close to the falls from within the pool itself.
Above: Floating near the waterfall (left) and the viewing area and entry to the pool (right)
(Order this image)
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 and get closer to the falls. It is always hot here, so wading in the water will be a welcome relief.
Wangi Falls has the best facilities on this side of the national park, so stock up on water and snacks, and take a toilet break. It is also
not a bad spot for a picnic, although the picnic area does not have a view of the falls.
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 in the afternoon (i) to avoid the tourist buses in the middle of the day and (ii) because the
falls will be in full sun.|
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 Wangi Falls is well signposted.
Unnamed tributary of the Reynolds River
Swimming available at the falls: Yes
Toilets, picnic tables, campground, scenic lookout, public telephone, emergency phone,
visitor centre, kiosk
Lots of natural shade around the edge of the downstream pool and picnic areas.
Access to the viewing platform. Wheelchair accessible toilets.
No swimming during the wet season due to crocodiles
There is a campground at Wangi Falls.
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: The Cascades
and Tjaetaba Falls
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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