Tolmer Falls

Litchfield National Park / Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia

About Tolmer Falls


Hiking Distance: 200m round trip (to lookout); 1.6km round trip (optional Tolmer Falls walk)
Suggested Time: 10 minutes (to lookout); 45 minutes (optional Tolmer Falls walk)

Date first visited: 2006-06-05
Date last visited: 2006-06-05

Waterfall Latitude: -13.20586
Waterfall Longitude: 130.71389

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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.

Tolmer_Falls_010_06042006 - Tolmer Falls
Tolmer Falls

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.

Timing Tolmer Falls

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 above), 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.

Tolmer_Falls_012_06042006 - Tolmer Falls in more agreeable late afternoon light though the shadows were creeping up on it
Tolmer Falls in more agreeable late afternoon light though the shadows were creeping up on it

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.

Experiencing Tolmer Falls

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.

Tolmer_Falls_029_06042006 - 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 there
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 there

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.

Authorities

Tolmer Falls 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.

Tolmer_Falls_002_06042006 - Looking out from the escarpment along the short walking track from the car park to the viewing deck for Tolmer Falls
Tolmer_Falls_009_06042006 - Tolmer Falls in the morning shadow
Tolmer_Falls_010_jx_06042006 - Signage indicating parts of the loop walk are closed
Tolmer_Falls_012_jx_06042006 - Some interesting vegetation near the loop walk
Tolmer_Falls_027_06042006 - You have to look closely to discern the natural bridge within the gorge
Tolmer_Falls_030_06042006 - Here's another look at the natural bridge within the gorge
Tolmer_Falls_026_06042006 - Tolmer Falls in the partial afternoon shadow

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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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