Located deep in the heart of Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia, surrounded by a remote pocket of thick monsoonal rainforest and the ancient landscape of wild rugged cliffs, Florence Falls, also commonly known as ‘Karrimurra’ in the local indigenous language, is a spectacular double waterfall on the Florence Creek found near the northern boundary. Descending from an astounding 64-metre elevation above sea level through a series of segmented tiers ranging between 9.8–15 metres high, this magnificent waterfall flows all year round and cascades into a pristine, crystal clear plunge pool below.
How to get to Florence Falls within Litchfeild National Park
A magical place, approximately 120kms south of Darwin, Florence Falls is perhaps one of the most iconic features of the park. To get to Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park you will need to hire a car or join a Litchfield National Park tour. The panoramic views of the open valley gorge from the scenic lookout platform, only a short 3-minute stroll from the car park allows you to experience and observe the distinct contrast and intersection of where the wet monsoonal rainforest meets the dry sandstone plateau and snap up a perfect photo opportunity of the thunderous waterfall below.
The porous rocks of the tabletop plateaus absorb the heavy rains during the wet season and percolate as springs throughout the Dry Season which allow the falls to flow abundantly all year round and provides a sanctuary for hundreds of different species of Australian wildlife including; wallabies, sugar gliders, quolls and flying foxes. Not to mention the hundreds of various native Australian bird species and the famous dragon-like water monitors which can be spotted soaking up the sunshine on the rocks.
Florence Falls offers two easy bushwalking trails for a leisurely hiking experience. The ‘Shady Creek Walk’ leads you on a 1.2-kilometre return loop along the stream through the dense cool rainforest filled gorge and open savanna woodlands which allows you to bypass the steps and access the plunge pool below. Alternatively, you can stretch your legs on the ‘Florence Creek Walk’ with a slightly longer 3.2-kilometre return where you can enjoy trekking through the native woodlands and thick monsoonal vine forests towards Buley Rockhole.
Florence Falls the Perfect Place To Recharge
Florence Falls is also a perfect place to stop and refuel on your adventures after a hot day of exploring. There are several designated picnic areas including barbecues and tables where you can cook up a feed or enjoy a picnic lunch. If you’re an active traveller, we recommend following the track around the rim of the gorge or descending down the 160 stairs to the valley floor below where you can bask beneath the glorious cascading mists or cool off from the hot tropical weather with a swim. Take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear plunge pools or simply bliss out as you bask in the beauty and tuning in to the natural symphony of running water. The waterhole is both shallow in some spots and deep in others but you’ll also be relieved to know that the fall’s isolation means they’re completely crocodile free waters, so make sure you take along your swimmers and bring a towel to make the most of the experience.
Whilst visiting Florence Falls it’s also worth checking out some of the other magnificent natural splendours that are within a stones throw of the falls including the larger waterhole of ‘Wangi Falls’ (also a double waterfall great for swimming) or the picturesque three-tiered pools, natural spas and whirlpools of Buley Rockhole. While you’re here you can also discover some of the largest and the highest concentration of magnetic termite mounds in the Top End and explore historic ruins dating back to the pioneering days located nearby at Blyth Homestead and Bamboo Creek.