Saturday, August 4, 2012

Buley Rockpools, Litchfield National Park

We have decided to stay four nights at Wangi Falls.  On our second day we drove back thirty kilometres to visit Buley Rockpools and also Florence Falls.

Litchfield National Park features numerous waterfalls and streams which cascade from the sandstone plateau of the Tabletop Range.   The park is much smaller than say Kakadu National Park and has one main road which runs through the centre of the park.  Most visitors have to make the return journey by the same road as it is the only bitumen road.  There are two other roads, but leading north to Darwin which is gravel for about eighty kilometres, and a second leading south which is considered four wheel drive only to Daly River.  We will be taking the bitumen road with the caravan.

Buley Rockpools is a stream which has formed various rock pools of varying sizes and depths as it makes it way down to Florence Falls.  The area is a designated swimming area so is popular with visitors especially because the stream is only about 100 metres from the carpark so there is no long walk in.  There were a number of swimmers at the various pools however we decided not to swim but to paddle only as we wandered along the stream.

The area is considered one of the sacred Aboriginal sites and there are a lot of ancient stories told about the area by the locals. 

From here it is possible to walk to Florence Falls by following the stream downhill.

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