Litchfield touring day arrives and having done our homework we are aware that even we do not have enough time to cover everything in this park. We decide we will go for the areas with a bit less driving and a bit more doing. Prepped we head out and come to the town of Bachelor and head for the information office to get some maps and confirm our plan is good. Batchelor itself is a town which has a history of uranium mining but this ended in the 1970’s and it’s main income is derived from tourism.
We get on our way and first up is the Wangi Falls, which is Litchfield most popular and accessible attraction. We start at the plunge pool and join a platform which takes you along a forest walk and ends in a viewing platform high above the pool with amazing views all round. This takes about an our and it’s about 1.6 km long but in very high temperatures. The plunge pool is amazing with two waterfalls and again is hard to describe. We dropped our gear on the grass near the pool and there were lots of people around but plenty of space. We get in and have an amazing swim and figure we will get in to the lunch picnic we have prepared. On the very spot we left our stuff, there is a woman sitting alone virtually on our gear and we are very suspicious of her as there are a ton of other spaces to sit. We reckon she had her thieving eyes on our gear and would have been off any minute. She could not look us in the eye and we grabbed our gear and walked off leaving her to find a new target.
Next up is the Tolmer Falls which is again a high walk with tremendous views of a great looking plunge pool and waterfall with the colours of the rainbow in the waterfall itself. There is also colonies of both ghost and orange horseshoe bats. Although it looked great we decided it looked like it might be a croc hangout and gave it a body swerve.
It was getting late in the afternoon and we decide we will squeeze in a visit to the Magnetic Termite Mounds. These things are amazing and get up to two metres high and are built with their thin edge pointing north-south minimising their exposure to the sun. In the park and all around NT there are thousands of these mounds. We don’t spend too much time here and decide to get back to the station and when we do we book in for another night and again dive in for a swim in the pool to cool off. Tonight will be a chill out then return to the park tomorrow.