24th January to 30th January 2013
Litchfield National Park
We had originally planned to stay at Tumbling Waters Caravan Park, but they were closed for maintenance. So by chance we pulled into the tiny town of Bachelor. We stumbled upon Litchfield Tourist Park, and it now stands as our very favorite caravan park we have stayed in. The park is only 4 km’s from the entrance to Litchfield National Park, so it’s perfect for us to leave Tyson in the air con comfort while we explore the NP. They are a very dog-friendly caravan park too, and even offered to check up on Tyson while we were away. For $30 per night, with a stay 4 get the 5th night free, it was unbelievable value.
The owners of the caravan park could not do enough for you, I really couldn’t recommend this place highly enough. On arrival they gave me a map of all the open swimming holes and bush walks worth doing. The day we arrived we visited Florence falls. After 150 odd steps, we arrived to the most perfect plunge pool with about a 12 meter waterfall for backdrop!! We all swam the afternoon away, with just 2 or 3 other family’s there. Amazing.
The next day we went to Tolmer Falls. We did the longer walk along the creek bed, as we are both still trying to lose a few Christmas kilo’s, and it was great. We popped out onto a very spectacular waterfall, with a natural arch! No swimming at Tolmer, so we headed to Greenant Creek for a swim.
Greenant Creek is not the most well known of the Litchfield walks, but the guys at the caravan park recommended it so off we went. It was about a 2.5km walk, uphill via a goat track, but defiantly worth it. At the very top of the cascading waterfall is a perfect little plunge pool that looks like an infinity pool, where the edge just drops away. It was amazing.
In-between all this, we had to take our faithful dog Tyson to the vet. He had a blood blister on his ear that needed to be treated, and a large lump on his rear leg. Unfortunately it was terrible news, as big Tyso has tumors all over his body. It was devastating news for us both, as he really is part of our family. I was thankful for the first time we had no internet or phone range, so we just holed up for a few days in Litchfield and really fussed over our big fella. We will let him see his days out with us traveling, not a bad way to finish off really. He was a rescued dog from RSPCA and Jenna looked after the whole litter of pups. We took him on, and he became my work dog day in, day out for the next 11 years. He really is a great dog.
After a few quiet days, we took of early in the morning to visit Cascades. This was the longest walk in that we would have, but is totally worth it. A rocky goat track up over the range, and then into the falls area. The cascades go for a couple of hundred meters, and at the end there is Curtain falls. Simply incredible to stand under the falls for a fresh dip after a hot walk.
We called into Wangi Falls after Cascades, knowing that we couldn’t swim, but just for a look. Very very spectacular falls to see. A kiosk was there but under renovation for the tourist season.
I know I have used a lot of words like spectacular, amazing, and breathtaking, but Litfield National Park should be on everyones bucket list to do. The place is Brilliant, and they really do know how to look after tourists over here. I love Perth more than most, but WA could really take a leaf out of their book, in reagrds to walk trails, sign posts and rubbish bins.
But all good things come to an end, and it was time to see the rest of ehat Darwin has to offer, so onwards we travel into Darwin City.