Tolmer Falls

Litchfield National Park / near Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
Tolmer Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Tolmer Falls was definitely one of the taller waterfalls we encountered while touring Litchfield National Park. However, unlike the other waterfalls we saw in the park, it didn't seem like access to the pool at its base was safely possible. So we pretty much had to appreciate its tall and slender shape from the large overlook platform where we could see the falls spill into a shadowy gorge. I'm guessing that the falls was on the order of 35m or so.

Speaking of shadows, we visited this waterfall twice - once in the mid-morning and another time in the late afternoon. In the morning (which you can see in the photo at the top of this page), the falls was somewhat against the sun and mostly in shadow. In the afternoon (which is shown in a photo further below on this page), the falls was mostly backlit by the afternoon sun. However, we showed up a bit too late in the day so the shadows started creeping up and dividing up our view of the falls. Given these observations, I'd say the time to see the falls would be around midday to the early afternoon to make the most of the lighting.

The short walk to the viewing platform of the falls included attractive views over the escarpment towards the bushlands below. However, there were other walks around the falls that allowed us to see a natural bridge, which was further upstream of the falls. Indeed, this was one of those rare waterfalling experiences where we were able to combine a visit to a natural arch or bridge as part of the same excursion. However, we couldn't get much closer because the trail leading right to the arch was closed to protect some rare bats (either Orange Horseshoe Bats or Ghost Bats) who made their residence there.

At least that loop trail that we did also featured more cascades and swimming holes. There were also interpretive signs throughout the hiking trails that provided a little more insight to the wildlife, the geology, and the history of the area.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Looking out over the escarpment from the walk to Tolmer Falls. This shows just how thick the bush is as the Top End makes its transition from Wet to DryLooking out over the escarpment from the walk to Tolmer Falls. This shows just how thick the bush is as the Top End makes its transition from Wet to Dry
You have to look closely to see the natural bridge in the middle of this photo, but this was in the same reserve as Tolmer Falls and was walking distance from thereYou have to look closely to see the natural bridge in the middle of this photo, but this was in the same reserve as Tolmer Falls and was walking distance from there
East of Tolmer Falls (and Florence Falls) are the Termite Mounds, which were an impressive cluster of giant moundsEast of Tolmer Falls (and Florence Falls) are the Termite Mounds, which were an impressive cluster of giant mounds
Prior to driving the couple of hours south from Darwin to Litchfield National Park, we had visited Darwin and Mindil Beach, which had quite an atmospheric evening marketPrior to driving the couple of hours south from Darwin to Litchfield National Park, we had visited Darwin and Mindil Beach, which had quite an atmospheric evening market
Looking out from the escarpment along the short walking track from the car park to the viewing deck for Tolmer FallsLooking out from the escarpment along the short walking track from the car park to the viewing deck for Tolmer Falls

Tolmer Falls in the morning shadowThe waterfall shrouded in its morning shadow

Signage indicating parts of the loop walk are closedSignage indicating parts of the loop walk are closed

Some interesting vegetation near the loop walkSome interesting vegetation near the loop walk

You have to look closely to discern the natural bridge within the gorgeYou have to look closely to discern the natural bridge within the gorge

Here's another look at the natural bridge within the gorgeHere's another look at the natural bridge within the gorge

Tolmer Falls in the partial afternoon shadowThe waterfall partially shrouded in the partial afternoon shadow

Closer look at the Tolmer Falls in the afternoonCloser look at the falls in the afternoon


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Access to the car park of the falls is well-signed off the Litchfield Park Road (Hwy 30) to the south side (left as we were facing west) some 55km west of Batchelor and Rum Jungle.

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

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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