Wangi Falls

Litchfield National Park / near Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia

Rating: 3     Difficulty: 1
Wangi Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Wangi Falls ("Wangi" rhymes with "wrong guy") was an attractive set of dual waterfalls sitting at the far western end of Litchfield National Park. In the state that Julie and I saw the falls during our June 2006 visit, the pair consisted of a thin drop weaving between notches in the rugged cliff and a much thicker two-tiered drop that was also taller than its thinner counterpart. There was enough volume on the thicker drop producing a decent afternoon rainbow in its mist providing a bit more color to an already colorful scene.

Speaking of rainbows, Julie and I visited this waterfall two different times of the day. In the afternoon, we enjoyed backlighting from the warmth of the waning afternoon sun thanks to the falls being west-facing. So the cliffs were glowing an orangish color contrasting the deep blue skies and the dark plunge pool. We even saw the moon showing itself in the deep blue afternoon sky. In the early morning, the falls was evenly lit in the long morning shadows. During this time of the day, we enjoyed the serenity of being one of the first ones to visit in the day. That peace and quiet also allowed us to see fruit bats hanging from neighboring trees as well as a kangaroo grazing near the walking track.

I understand that this was a very popular waterfall for swimming in addition to sightseeing. However, our visit happened to be following a late-season cyclone that prolonged Wet Season conditions such that estuarine (or saltwater) as well as freshwater crocodiles were still a risk to all bodies of water around the falls. There were signs and barricades keeping us away from the water to further reduce the risk of an attack. I'd imagine that later on in the season, the threat of the crocs would be reduced, and that would be when swimming would be possible. However, it seemed like the later into the Dry Season you wait, the drier the falls would become.

From the car park (see directions below), we only had to walk about 100m or so to the main viewing areas for Wangi Falls (as shown in the photo at the top of this page). However, we could've done a much longer 1.6km loop walk that would go up the escarpment to the very top of the falls. Since we were content with the experience from the main viewing area, we didn't bother doing the longer excursion.

In any case, we highly recommend a visit to this beautiful falls as our scenic rating would attest.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Morning light meant I could take long exposure photos of Wangi FallsMorning light meant I could take long exposure photos of Wangi Falls
A bonus of our morning visit to Wangi Falls was checking out these fruit bats hanging from a tree fringing the plunge pool of the fallsA bonus of our morning visit to Wangi Falls was checking out these fruit bats hanging from a tree fringing the plunge pool of the falls
Prior to visiting Litchfield National Park, we had arrived in Darwin and managed to check out the happening Mindil Beach Night Market before showing up late to Batchelor where we were stayingPrior to visiting Litchfield National Park, we had arrived in Darwin and managed to check out the happening Mindil Beach Night Market before showing up late to Batchelor where we were staying
Near Florence Falls (on the way to Wangi Falls in the western side of Litchfield National Park) were these giant termite mounds, many of which were much taller than we wereNear Florence Falls (on the way to Wangi Falls in the western side of Litchfield National Park) were these giant termite mounds, many of which were much taller than we were
We inadvertently startled this kangaroo on our way to Wangi FallsWe inadvertently startled this kangaroo on our way to the falls

Look closely at the dark spots hanging from the tree.  They're bats!Look closely at the dark spots hanging from the tree. They're bats!

A crocodile sign keeping us aware that we were in their habitatA crocodile sign keeping us aware that we were in their habitat

Our first look at Wangi Falls from the official viewing deckOur first look at Wangi Falls from the official viewing deck

Focused on just the thinner drop of Wangi FallsFocused on just the thinner drop of the falls

Focused on just the thicker drop of Wangi FallsFocused on just the thicker drop of the falls

We came back to Wangi Falls in the late afternoon where we saw a moon hovering above itWe came back to Wangi Falls in the late afternoon where we saw a moon hovering above it


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Getting to Wangi Falls requires driving some 66km west of Batchelor and Rum Jungle on the Litchfield Park Road (Hwy 30). It's a short distance north of where the road bends away from the spur 4wd road to Tjaynera (Sandy Creek) Falls and the Blythe Homestead. And like most waterfalls in Litchfield, this waterfall is well signposted and quite easy to see.

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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