Darwin, Australia

Litchfield National Park

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One of the best kept secrets in the Northern Territory and only a one hour drive from Darwin, Litchfield National Park offers runners with a sense of adventure an opportunity to explore the area’s scenic and geographic contrasts. Hikers and ambitious trail runners head to the park for the Tabletop Track —  39 km hike that explores Australia’s top end. But there are also some options for shorter, more manageable runs. This list of well-signposted ‘short walks’ is a great resource for running opportunities in the park. There’s something for all abilities. Some of our favorites are below.

Greenant Creek (2.7 km). Follows the creek upstream up to the Tjaetaba Falls lookout then onto a small swimming hole. There are a few steep sections.
Tjaynera (Sandy Creek) (3.4 km return). Starting at the car park, the track winds along the creek and passes a hillside full of cycad palms before reaching a plunge pool.
Florence Creek (3.2 km). Starting at the upstream picnic area or Buley Rockhole, the route follows Florence Creek between Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole.

Good swimming options for a post-run treat! And runners who want to get their heart rate up can do the 160 stairs from the main track to the plunge pool.

Essentials
  • Depends on trail chosen
  • Hilly
  • Depends on trail chosen
  • There are several car parks along Park Rd. Note: 4WD required for access