Do You Really Need 4wd Camper Rental in Litchfield National Park?

When it comes to renting a campervan in Australia, one of the biggest dilemmas is whether to spend the extra money and get a 4wd or stick to a 2wd. At the end of the day, it depends on how adventurous you are and what you want to get out of your holiday.

If you’re the kind of person that tends to think “I’m only going to get this chance once in my life” then you are going to be kind of person that should spend that little bit extra and go for 4wd camper rental.

4wd Camper Rental and Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park is normally overshadowed by the much bigger, and much more famous, Kakadu National Park. However, Litchfield National Park, just 116km from Darwin, has a lot to offer the adventurous spirit.

One of the first thing to keep in mind about Litchfield is that you can actually visit it on the way to somewhere else. Unlike Kakadu, that pretty much is the destination in itself, Litchfield is south of Darwin just off the main highways and it is not too much detour to see the park if you are on your way to other destinations. The town called Bachelor is where the most amount of up-to-date information can be gathered about Litchfield. It is important to stop here and find out just what state the park is in. During the wet season, many roads can be flooded, damaged and closed. In the dry it is not as bad, but it you are planning a long stay in the park, it is going to be essential to know what roads are closed to know if you are going to be able to get to your destinations.

What to See?

Like Kakadu, there is a myriad of sites to see in Litchfield National Park with some of the more famous being the Magentic Termite Mounds, Tolmer Falls, Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, Buley Rockhole, Tabletop Swamp, Walker Creek, Greenant Creek, Tjaetaba Falls, Surprise Creek Falls, The Lost City, Tjaynera Falls, Sandy Creek, Blythe Homestead, Bamboo Creek Tin Mine and Rum Jungle Lake – (See more at: )

Croc Free Zone

One of the beautiful things about Litchfield is that there is less danger of crocodiles so you can safely swim in more parts of the park. However, this is another reason to stop at the park information centre in Bachelor, or in the park itself. Each season, park rangers will check the best swimming holes for any crocs that may have made their way into the park during the flooding wet season. If you are there soon after the wet, there may still be some places that haven’t been checked or there may be a danger of croc activity. The park information centres will be able to give you a list of places that safe to swim, and those that might still be dangerous. And always pay attention to signs that list if there is croc dangers. DO NOT SWIM if there croc warnings. They haven’t evolved for tens of thousands of years because they are already the perfect killing machine.

That being said – if site is listed as safe – have a ball!

4wd Tracks to Play On

There are plenty of 4wd tracks in the park. Again, you can get the best information locally, but it is these tracks that will give you the best adventure. Getting off the tar and away from other tourists is what getting 4wd camper rental is all about. You can find yourself alone in the park with only the sound of the local fauna and birds to keep you company. You might stop at a little river crossing and take a dip and not be bothered by another soul. Despite the vastness of Australia, many of the tourist sites can become very busy and overcrowded. If you came to Australia to get some space and to enjoy the nature without having to share it with hundreds of other people, the only way to do it is to get your 4wd camper and head off up that road that no one else seems to have gone up today.

Heading South? Or Maybe North?

If you’re planning on continuing south after visiting the park, why not take your 4wd campervan along the Southern Acces Track. This track is 4wd only and runs North/South along the western side of the park. After visiting some of the more popular sites you can then start your way along this track on the way to exiting the park in the south. On the way, you can visit the 4wd only parts of the park like the Blythe Homstead, Tjaynera Falls, and surprise creek.

There is also a 4wd track that exits the north of the park that heads back in the direction of Darwin. If you are having to return your 4wd camper rental back to Darwin (the most likely place you picked the camper up from) this this alternative route is the one that is going to give you the most fun. You will be able to get more notes about these roads from the park information services.

4wd camper rental can be some of the most rewarding times you have in the Australian outback. Really, if you are going to go to effort of getting all the way there, you really do need to do yourself the favour of being in a vehicle that can take you wherever you want to go, not just to the places that all the tourist brochures say you should go.

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