Litchfield Park

Best bushwalking (hiking) in the world? Pretty darn close! Litchfield National Park is not as well known as Kakadu, but it’s closer to Darwin, easy to reach, and the views are unbeatable.

First things first: The enigmatic Lost City is a maze-like jumble of rock that feels like the remains of an ancient city — hence the name. It’s a fantastic place for kids to climb around, explore, hide, ambush each other, search for critters, and do all the things kids love to do outdoors.

Litchfield's "Top of the World" View

Litchfield's "Top of the World" View

Hike to the top of the park and you’ll see what I guarantee is an unforgettable view: a very steep, vertigo-inducing dropoff, with plains far, far below that seem to go on forever … until they merge into the foothills of ancient rolling mountains. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. Most amazing to me was the fact that we were they only ones there, and had this spectacular swimming hole all to ourselves.

Waterfall in Litchfield Park

Waterfall in Litchfield Park

You’ll also be hot by the time you reach the top, and the waterfalls and swimming holes there are just the right temperature for a refreshing dip. Also, there’s no way a crocodile will have climbed all the way up here, so you can splash away with complete confidence that you won’t be eaten. That’s no small consideration, in my mind.



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