The secret is out: Litchfield National Park is every bit as awe-inspiring as Kakadu.
Take a smaller scale road trip along the Litchfield Loop for spring-fed waterfalls, close-up encounters with wildlife and some back-to-nature downtime.
Best for: Waterfalls and R&R
Drive time: 6 hours return
Stop 1: Batchelor
Make your first port of call the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of Batchelor. The town is host to a population of just 358. It was once so sleepy that for a time the government gave away blocks of land to encourage people to settle here.
- If you are in town on the second Sunday of the month, head to the Batchelor Market to pick up some local produce and browse the arts and crafts.
- Stand amid fluttering wings at Batchelor Butterfly Farm’s semitropical butterfly house, before saying hello to the goats, ducks, guinea pigs and rabbits at the on-site petting zoo.
- Stop in at the Rum Jungle Tavern for a pub grub lunch and to hear about how the surrounding settlement got its hilarious name.
- Take a 20-minute detour to the small township of Adelaide River. Here you can swim at the Robin Falls waterhole. Then peruse the Adelaide River War Cemetery. The cemetery commemorates the 434 soldiers and civilians killed in the 1942−43 air raids on northern Australia.