If you are looking for a short getaway from the heat of the Northern Territory, then Wangi Falls might be just the place for you.
Situated 80 kilometers south of Darwin inside Litchfield National Park, the waterfall descends from a height of 84 metres (276 ft) above sea level via a series of segmented tiers.
The great thing about Wangi Falls is that you don’t need to go very far to reach it. It’s just a short walk from the parking area through a shady forest that is ideal as a picnic ground. You can either swim in the clear waters of the plunge pool or watch the water of the two falls cascade over the rocky escarpments as they make their way down.
It’s accessibility also means that Wangi Falls attracts lots of visitors. However, as long as you’re not there to escape from the crowd, you’ll probably appreciate the beautiful surrounds and impressive waterfalls. The area is wide enough for everyone to enjoy their own “space”. There’s even a viewing platform to take that “must-have” photograph of the falls, and a nice boardwalk for exploring the wildlife in the area.
There are also a number of walking tracks, including a three-kilometre track starting at the Wangi plunge pool, that takes you right to the top of the escarpment and back down to the base of the falls.
Wangi Falls is open all year round, but is sometimes closed for swimming, especially between October and March when rainfall is heavy. The rise in water levels resulting in strong and dangerous currents, together with the possibility of crocodiles finding their way into the area, makes swimming dangerous. Ironically, it is also during this wet season when the fast-flowing water from the falls are at their most spectacular, making for great photography.