Located just 129 kilometres from Darwin and 268 kilometres from Katherine, this absolutely fascinating 143 sq km area of land was originally the home of the Aboriginal Wagait people. It was proclaimed a National Park in 1986.
Its history has been chequered. For some 75 years until mid 20th century the area was the centre of tin and copper mining activity. Then it fell under a pastoral lease until it became a designated National Park.
Litchfield National Park has its major attractions linked by sealed road although a 4x4 is necessary to access some of the natural attractions in the more remote sections of the Park. It is also possible, during the Dry Season, to travel by 4x4 down the Southern Access Track to the Daly River Road.
When intending to travel on unsealed roads during the Wet Season it is always advisable to check on road conditions. This may be done through the Tourist Information Centre, the police or road authorities. At times, due to water turbulence, some areas may be difficult to access. During the Wet some waterholes may be closed.
Hotel accommodation and camping facilities are readily available at Batchelor which is just 13 kilometres from the Park entrance, and nearby at Lake Bennett or Adelaide River.