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Litchfield National Park Waterfall

Litchfields Waterfalls – 60 Minute Scenic Flight

LITCHFIELDS WATERFALLS

60 MINUTE SCENIC FLIGHT DEPARTING DARWIN

THE EXPERIENCE

Covering an area of more than 1500km2, exploring Litchfield by scenic helicopter is the practical choice, providing a true appreciation of the scale and variety of the National Parks unique landscape while ensuring you don’t miss any of the highlights!

Flying along the sandstone plateau of the Tabletop Range, a rich range of open woodland vegetation transitions into pockets of lush monsoonal vine forest.  The porous sandstone substrate, over eons of exposure to the elements, has weathered into striking formations which also absorb monsoonal rains that in turn feed numerous perennial streams.   

Running off the plateau these shallow waterways form the stunning single and multi-drop waterfalls that Litchfield is famous for, cascading into crystal clear pools shaded by sheer cliffs and providing fantastic aerial photo opportunities in all seasons.     

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 Florence Falls – fed by a perennial spring, water flows year round dropping over two tiers and forming a characteristic twin fall filling a plunge pool set in a pocket of lush monsoon forest.

  • Wangi Falls – one of Litchfields better known and more accessible falls. Wangi is a dual stream fall with the thicker segment being a two-tiered drop. Especially during the warmer, wetter months (October to March) the sheer volume of water over the falls makes for fantastic aerial photographs. 
  • Tolmer Falls  – the tallest of the falls we will see today, with a single drop of 101 meters into an inaccessible pool surrounded by sheer cliffs.  Lit up best by the midday sun this generally cool and shady oasis is home to colonies of rare orange horseshoe bats and vulnerable ghost bats.
  • The Lost City – believed to date back more than 500 million years! On first impressions this complex freestanding arrangement of weathered sandstone towers, narrow passages and domes appear like the remains of an ancient civilisation. 

Spread over an area the of size of a small town, the original sandstone escarpments have succumbed to a lifetime of erosion from wind and rain creating shapes and structures only Mother Nature could sculpt.

This area is normally only accessible to those with a 4WD willing to brave 10 km of rough and rocky single-track, regularly impassable in the wet season.  Witnessing The Lost City by helicopter is not only practical but provides an unmatched perspective available year round. 

  • Termite Mounds  – as our Litchfield experience nears the end, we marvel at the work or armies of termite’s which have created an extensive field of giant tombstone-like mounds. Reaching 2 metres (6ft 7”) in height, the Magnetic Termite Mounds are built with their thin edges facing north-south and the wider side East-West. This ingenious design aids in thermoregulation for termites who prefer stable temperatures combined with high humidity.

 The larger mounds, referred to as Cathedral Mounds can reach an incredible 4 metres in height. 

  • Darwin River Dam – on the way back to base your pilot will also point out the city’s main water supply with a holding capacity half that of Sydney Harbour.

THE NAUTILUS AVIATION DIFFERENCE

Compared to fixed wing aircraft, our helicopters have enhanced maneuverability and are fitted with oversized viewing windows creating a premium scenic flight experience.  Your pilot can easily adjust speed, altitude and direction of travel in response to wildlife sightings or other points of interest while ensuring passengers on both sides of the aircraft receive equal chance to capture that perfect photo opportunity.   

All guests are supplied with headsets fitted with voice activated microphones to enjoy the live inflight commentary and allow conversation directly with your pilot and other passengers.  

HISTORY

In addition to its many natural highlights the park also holds important cultural and historical value.  The land within the borders of Litchfield National Park have cultural significance to the Werat, Warray, Koongurrukun and Marranuggu Aboriginal people.

The park was originally named after Frederick Henry Litchfield, a member of the Finnis Expedition, who provided the first European connection to the area back in 1864. Until 1955 the area was mined in part for Copper and Tin followed by pastoral activity before being proclaimed a National Park in 1986.

PHOTOGRAPHY

This flight provides countless photo opportunities. The option of flying with the helicopter doors removed is a safe and common practice ensuring unrestricted viewing, removing window reflections in your photographs and providing welcome natural air-conditioning in the warmer summer months. 

Please note: actual flight path may differ on the day due to adverse weather conditions and/or air traffic control.    

PACKAGE OPTIONS

LITCHFIELDS WATERFALLS – 60 MINUTE SCENIC FLIGHT

Departs Darwin: on demand

All tickets $699pp (minimum 2 passengers)

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GETTING THERE

  • Tour includes complimentary return vehicle transfers from Darwin City or Palmerston accommodation

WHAT TO BRING

  • Camera, sunglasses & sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • All helicopter pricing is per seat, independent of age. 
  • Infants aged 0-2 years can fly free of charge on the lap of a parent or guardian with a maximum of 1 infant per flight (as per CASA regulations).
  • Passengers 3 years and older must occupy their own seat. 
  • Payload limits apply to all aircraft. Accurate individual passenger body weights are required at time of booking. 
  • Maximum individual seat weight limit of 130kg applies. 

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