Tjaetaba Falls

Litchfield National Park / near Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia

Rating: 1     Difficulty: 2.5
Tjaetaba Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Tjaetaba Falls was an interesting waterfall that seemed to be one of the more obscure ones in Litchfield National Park. We saw this because most of the other waterfalls had dedicated car parks and signage for it. This one, on the other hand, wasn't specifically singled out by roadside signage other than sharing the same car park for Greenant Creek. That said, we were completely alone throughout our hike to and from this waterfall. Plus, there was a swimming hole above the top of the falls so I'd imagine that this would be the place for solitude and a less busy experience.

As you can see from the photo at the top of this page, it had a pretty light flow. This was noteworthy because our visit coincided with the start of the Dry Season following a late-season cyclone one month earlier. So I'd imagine that the falls was very seasonal with its flow probably diminishing rapidly as the Dry Season would progress.

From the Greenant Creek car park (see directions below), we hiked for roughly 45 minutes each way. The walk was gently uphill leading through shady bushlands before reaching an overlook affording us a mostly overgrown view of the entire plunge of the falls. However, we then kept going on the trail towards its top, and that was where we saw a smaller waterfall backing a pretty serene and solitary plunge pool with a view over the escarpment.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

The serene plunge pool at the top of Tjaetaba FallsThe serene plunge pool at the top of Tjaetaba Falls
The Greenant Creek car park is very close to Tolmer FallsThe Greenant Creek car park (the one for Tjaetaba Falls) is very close to Tolmer Falls
A couple hours north of Batchelor (the nearest town of significant size to Litchfield National Park) was Darwin and near there was the happening Mindil Beach marketA couple hours north of Batchelor (the nearest town of significant size to Litchfield National Park) was Darwin and near there was the happening Mindil Beach market
The viewing platform for Tjaetaba FallsThe viewing platform for the falls

Closer look at Tjaetaba FallsCloser look at the falls

Looking over the pool towards the top of Tjaetaba FallsLooking over the pool towards the top of the falls

Closeup of the small waterfall above the main drop of Tjaetaba FallsCloseup of the small waterfall above the main drop of the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The car park for the falls is at Greenant Creek. The turnoff to get to Greenant Creek is about 59km west of Batchelor on the north (right) side of the Litchfield Park Road (Hwy 30) heading west.

For context, Batchelor was 97km (over an hour drive) south of Darwin.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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