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Wangi Falls
Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory

My first reaction to Wangi Falls was wow and after swimming in the crystal clear water against the backdrop of these magnificent waterfalls, my impression has not changed: when it is open, this is the best swimming hole in Australia. There is so much to like: it is clean, the water is clear, it is big, it is picturesque, there are no underwater obstacles, entry to the water is safe and easy, the air temperature is consistently hot and it has good facilities. The swimming area is well signposted with a diagram of how the water depth changes across the pool. If you study the diagram, you can walk out to the middle of the pool without going out of your depth. Swimming at Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park Above: In and under the water at Wangi Falls (Order this image)

The falls themselves are powerful and you can get sucked into an undercurrent of cold water if you get too close or you can be knocked out by the torrent of water. Heed the warning signs about this at the pool. At any time of the day there will generally be other swimmers enjoying a dip or taking a rest on the seats provided near the entry steps. The site is big enough to cope with the arrival of tourist buses without spoiling the serenity. If you have not been, put it on your bucket list.
Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Wangi Falls Rd, Litchfield National Park, 165 km (approx. 2 hr 45 min drive) south of the Darwin city centre
Latitude:-13.163532 Longitude:130.684347
Getting there: From Darwin take the Stuart Hwy southwards and turn off at the signs to Litchfield National Park (via Batchelor). The turnoff to Wangi Falls is well signposted.
Facilities: Toilets, picnic tables, campground, scenic lookout, public telephone, emergency phone, visitor centre, kiosk
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Mild
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Sand and gravel with isolated bedrock
Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Minimum suggested swimming proficiency: Beginners (during the dry season). Note that there is no beach entry to the water.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No swimming during the wet season, no pets, no generators, no glass containers within 10 m of the water, no feeding of native animals, no nets, no traps, no firearms, light fires only in fireplaces provided, no soaps or detergents in or near waterways, stay on marked roads and tracks.
Sun shade: Shade available out of the water.
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: Wheelchair accessible toilets. Apart from the last few steps into the water, the site is wheelchair accessible.
Accommodation Options: There is a campground at Wangi Falls. An online booking system for campgrounds in the park is due to be implemented in late 2021. Prior to that, it is first come first served. The park is within reach of Darwin for a day trip, or for a more relaxed or extended stay, you can try the following options, just outside the national park boundary. I have stayed in a cabin at Litchfield Tourist Park (as a paying guest) in Batchelor and found it quite comfortable and provided easy access to the national park if you have a car. In the nearby accommodation options below, all distances are by road, not as the crow flies.
Nearby accommodation:Distance from swim:
Litchfield Hideaway 10 km
Litchfield Tourist Park 50 km
Banyan Tree 60 km
Further options… More than 60 km
Managing authority: NT Parks and Wildlife Service
Nearby attractions: The Cascades is around the corner
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions. Specific to Litchfield National Park, the managing authority warns of the presence of scrub typhus, which is caused by bites from a mite. Precautions include wearing enclosed footwear, long trousers, insect repellent, camping away from dense forests, and using a ground sheet when sitting or laying on the ground.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the falls.
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