Buley Rockhole

Litchfield National Park / Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia

About Buley Rockhole

Hiking Distance: about 800m loop
Suggested Time: allow at least 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2022-06-16
Date last visited: 2022-06-16

Waterfall Latitude: -13.11313
Waterfall Longitude: 130.78561

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Buley Rockhole consisted of a series of cascades and popular swimming holes on Florence Creek that offered deep pools that allowed for a cliff jump.

This spot also featured a pretty easy loop track taking in the cascades and swimming holes along with a picnic area and even changing rooms (so you know it’s a place to cool off).

Buley_Rockhole_052_06152022 - Buley Rockhole
Buley Rockhole

Therefore, it really seemed like over the years that this spot had blown up in popularity, especially on the socials.

Heck, from what we saw on our mid-June 2022 morning visit, it got busy real quick, and it reinforced in my mind that cooling off from the heat and humidity of the Top End was the thing to do, and the Buley Rockhole was the embodiment of this activity.

Given its increase in popularity in recent years, I’d imagine that this will now forever be one of the busiest swimming holes in Litchfield National Park let alone the Northern Territory as a whole.

Nevertheless, this place felt like an easier-to-access alternative to Florence Falls (though both spots were very popular and the access to Florence Falls wasn’t difficult anyways).

Buley_Rockhole_071_06152022 - Looking across one of the handful of cascades of the Buley Rockhole towards a bunch of people chilling out at perhaps the deepest pool of the bunch
Looking across one of the handful of cascades of the Buley Rockhole towards a bunch of people chilling out at perhaps the deepest pool of the bunch

In fact, the Buley Rockhole even had its own car park so you really don’t have to work for it if you’re not inclined to do so.

That said, if you really fancy a quieter and more intimate experience, then you also have the option of doing the 4.9km Florence Creek Track connecting it with the Florence Falls.

Anyways, this was a pretty short excursion, and you can stay and play for as long as you want (though it can get crowded) or as short as you want.

For the record, we did the short 700m or so loop in about 45 minutes, but this included all the picture taking and chilling out though we didn’t swim (so I’d imagine a visit could easily take longer than what we did).


The Buley Rockhole resides in Litchfield National Park near Batchelor in the Northern Territory. It is administered by the Northern Territory Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Buley_Rockhole_002_06152022 - Starting on the short developed track leading down to the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_004_06152022 - Looking towards a water tank and changing room facility at the Buley Rockhole so you know this place was made for cooling off in a freshwater stream
Buley_Rockhole_007_06152022 - Looking towards a picnic area so the Buley Rockhole also made it friendly for a family (and/or friends) picnic
Buley_Rockhole_008_06152022 - Looking further along the walking track towards the Buley Rockhole flanked by some sheltered picnic tables
Buley_Rockhole_009_06152022 - Another look across some picnic tables on the way down to the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_011_06152022 - Mom descending the walking track towards the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_012_06152022 - A signed trail junction for the Florence Creek Walk, which connects the Buley Rockhole with Florence Falls over a 4.9km stretch according to this sign
Buley_Rockhole_017_06152022 - One of the descending spurs on rock steps towards cascades and pools on Florence Creek comprising part of the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_023_06152022 - Looking upstream at a trio of cascades comprising part of the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_005_iPhone_06162022 - Another look upstream at the cascades comprising the Buley Rockhole as seen from the very bottom of the cascades
Buley_Rockhole_026_06152022 - Looking downstream over the bottommost of the cascades and a plunge pool that make up part of the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_033_06152022 - Long exposure context of the cascades on the Buley Rockhole just as a bunch of kids showed up
Buley_Rockhole_010_iPhone_06162022 - Looking over a twist in Florence Creek at one of the plunge pools just at the brink of another one of the lower cascades at the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_042_06152022 - Mom and Tahia following along the short walking track skirting alongside the Florence Creek and the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_043_06152022 - Closer look at the developed rock steps alongside Florence Creek and the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_044_06152022 - Looking downstream over a couple of the cascades comprising part of the Buley Rockhole and the swimming holes in between
Buley_Rockhole_050_06152022 - Checking out all the commotion from the kids who quickly claimed the deepest pool for some cliff jumps and refreshing swims at the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_049_06152022 - Another look at the context of the commotion at the Buley Rockhole as seen from its banks (as we didn't go for a swim during our mid-June 2022 visit)
Buley_Rockhole_056_06152022 - Tahia continuing to ascend the short walking track alongside Florence Creek to see what else there was to the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_058_06152022 - Sideways look across perhaps the largest and deepest of the swimming holes on the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_063_06152022 - Looking across one of the cascades towards the largest of the swimming holes at the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_067_06152022 - Looking upstream at another one of the cascades of the Buley Rockhole, but this one was licked by the morning sun
Buley_Rockhole_080_06152022 - Checking out some calm reflective pools further upstream from the Buley Rockhole as we were completing the short loop walk
Buley_Rockhole_084_06152022 - The family continuing to walk the short loop track to complete our short excursion at the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_087_06152022 - Returning to the sheltered picnic area at the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_089_06152022 - Passing by the picnic area at the Buley Rockhole as we were about to complete the excursion
Buley_Rockhole_092_06152022 - Looking alongside the entrances to the changing rooms and toilets at the Buley Rockhole
Buley_Rockhole_091_06152022 - A look inside at a simple changing room at the Buley Rockhole

The Buley Rockhole is located in the heart of Litchfield National Park roughly a little over 30 minutes drive west of Batchelor.

From Batchelor, we drove the main road (Litchfield Park Road) about 35km to the well-signed turnoff for both the Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls.

Buley_Rockhole_001_06152022 - When we showed up to the Buley Rockhole car park fairly early in the morning, it was pretty quiet, but it didn't take long (like within an hour) for this place to fill up!
When we showed up to the Buley Rockhole car park fairly early in the morning, it was pretty quiet, but it didn’t take long (like within an hour) for this place to fill up!

From there, we then drove about 2km to the signed turnoff for the Buley Rockhole on the left, and then we drove the remaining 1km or so to the car park.

Note that if we didn’t turn left to go to the Buley Rockhole, we would have ended up at Florence Falls in another 2.5km (towards the end of the access road).

For geographical context, Batchelor was 97km (over an hour drive) south of Darwin, 145km (about 90 minutes drive) northwest of Pine Creek, and about 237km (2.5 hours drive) northwest of Katherine.

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Back and forth sweep starting with fixation on the cascades around the deepest pool before waiting for someone to jump

Another back and forth sweep starting with people jumping into the deepest pool and then panning around the cascade action

Brief back and forth sweep starting with uppermost cascade and swimming hole before panning down towards the main part of the rockhole

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