On the Road with John.Darwin Road Trip. Litchfield National Park

Well Gday folks another brilliant day in Darwin today we decided we’re going to head out of town for a little bit we’re gonna go one of the national parks and there’s two places we could go to Kakadu is one of them and we did look at that but it is about a three-hour drive to get out there from Darwin so three hours out and three back that’s six hours driving driving doesn’t particularly bother me but when you get out there really it cost you forty bucks I think she said per person to get in and when you get out there because of the time of driving you don’t really have a lot of time to see a lot of it you’ve got to kind of go to one spot concentrate on that one spot every day so we thought hey I’m not going to do that so we’re going to go back to the other big one they have here Litchfield National Park to be honest I don’t really know a lot about it no I know it’s about 130 kilometers south of Darwin and I know I’ll got to turn right to Bachelor and that’s about it so we’ll see what we find when we get there little place we just coming on to the ramp jungle road the RAM jungle was a uranium mine back in the 1950s they used to mine uranium out of here or yellow cake as it was called that stopped the mining little ah a little castle here they stopped the mining in the early 1960s imagine this town must get very

isolated during the storm seasonal wet season we come across a couple of potentially deep floodways they must get cut of alot once you’re inside the Litchfield National Park the first stop i s what they call the magnetic termite mounds there’s a great little boardwalk that lets you walk out into the termite fields without damaging the area these mounds are over a hundred years old and their design was more to do with keeping the mound cool rather than which I was north Florence Falls is our next stop it’s a spectacular double falls which is open all year round with camping facilities it’s a 160 step staircase down to the crocodile free swimming now we just leaving Florence falls here at Litchfield National Park very

spectacular looking and everything but with the amount of people circling trying of get into the car park the car park is ridiculously small they really need to look at increasing the size of it but if you want to come here swimming come early it’s about the best thing I could say but it is spectacular looking no doubt about that well we’re heading off to whatever next on the list tolmer falls is our next stop there are a couple of different walks to the viewing area depending if you want to take the easy way or the little bit more difficult way well certainly get our exercise today although the paths look pretty good for concrete so far so good easy walking these Falls are listed as the most spectacular in the park but today it’s just a trickle however during the wet season the water flowing over the falls must be spectacular there is a second viewing area which is wheelchair friendly and is clearly set up for some sort of night activity maybe stargazing would be a great area for it the toilets here they flush toilets they got washed taps and lighting as well for nighttime that’s not bad our last stop for the day was two main swimming hole wangi falls this is the main place most people come to for swimming you can tell this by the fact of the car park is completely full there are a number of walks including a three-kilometer return walk to th e top of the falls the fact that they even got to put one of these signs up here is enough for me to not go swing when it’s hot and well face it that’s most of the time and territory this could be an amazing place to swim and cool down crocodile might only be a problem after the wet season and they usually remove pretty quickly while the facilities are open all year round there is no swimming here during the wet season because of the amount of water flowing through here we’re going to take the track to the top of the pool but we’re going to stop at the 300 meter mark at the viewing platform lucky I wear a hat because there are hundreds of bats sitting up in those trees above us that was a wild pig which can be dangerous lucky this one

ran away from us and the vew from the lookout is well worth the walk well let’s litchfield national park done I must admit when we left this morning because again we left late I think we are still dealing on West Australian time because we don’t get up till about 8 o’clock the morning which is really 6:30 our time by the time we get our act together and everything going we sort of always seem to leaving late and I thought when we left I thought our we’re going to have to rush through this and we’ll be back late because we probably have left the camp late which means we’re going to be back home late but the fact was I’m not short on we left maybe 9:30 something and it is now 2:30 and we’re out of the park and heading home so we’re going to head out follow the road all the way around this road that we’re on does turn into gravel and they do say it’s for drive only but looking at it in google it is a good quality road and I could see in Google that doing some roadworks on at the time and it’s only about 6 kilometres so maybe if it’s wet season perhaps it’s only a 4wd drive but I’m sure this time of the year it’s not going to be a problem but I think on the way home we went past the place coming and I said I wouldn’t mind going there just for the sake of going there so we’re going to turn off and we’re going to go and have a look at Dunny do no ah that don’t sound right, Humpty Doo were going to have a look at Humpty do it’s not really probably much there but just for the sake of saying we’ve been to Humpty Doo Humpty doo is only 32 kilometers from Darwin it’s on the road to kakadu the

town got its name from a station that was in the area called umpty do it started out as market gardens and today also includes commercial agriculture the town’s population is around 5,000 people much of whom commute to Darwin for work there we go there was a reason to come to humpty doo big crocodile in 1983 Australia won the America’s Cup and one of the big things that come out of that was the boxing kangaroo well somebody up here thought they should have a boxing crocodile it’s made from fiberglass and had to be made strong enough to withstand cyclones it cost a staggering hundred and thirty seven thousand dollars to build well as you can see we’re back in Darwin at the caravan park Litchfield is a really good day out you have plenty of opportunity for camping out there and exploring further into the bush on some of the 4wd tracks unfortunately for us this brings an end to our time in Darwin tomorrow we start back towards Perth we’ll follow the same road back that we came up on as far as Port Hedland before we turn left at the fork in the road that doesn’t bring it into this series we’ve still got some amazing stuff to do yet when we leave here we’re going to go check out the hot springs in Katherine and then the Katherine gorge we then got a couple of days at Lake Argyle with an afternoon cruise then its the bungles will stay in Derby for a couple of nights and then do a day trip on part of the Gib River Road and we’ll go out to windjana gorge and Tunnel Creek before spending another couple of nights in the karijini area so if you like this video then hit thumbs up and consider subscribing but until next time happy travels