Where to go: Litchfield National Park with kids!
Exploring Litchfield National Park with kids is so much fun! We checked out Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole and this video gives you the details on how to do it safely with kids. I joined my friend Caitlin and the rest of the group, on a trip out to Litchfield National Park. Our first stop was Florence Falls and then we headed down to Buley Rockhole. There’s an upper falls and a lower falls there.
“Litchfield National Park With Kids | exploring Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole”, watch the video here:
Florence Falls with a toddler
Florence Falls was a 400m downhill track on the way to the water. There are 135 steps which might seem like a lot, but I had a toddler strapped to me, and it honestly wasn’t bad at all! There are stairs there into the water or you can take a more natural approach with the rocks.
On top of this, the actual waterfall at Florence Falls is pretty incredible (there’s actually 2!). It’s about 1.5m deep at the edge so just tall enough for me to stand and keep Aurora safe though I still used her life jacket in case I got stuck with the rocks. Also you can easily climb the rocks and jump in over on the waterfall side!
Exploring Buley Rockhole, safe for kids?
Buley Rockhole has an upper and lower falls section as I mentioned. At this time of year the current is quite strong and I definitely didn’t feel as comfortable here as I did at Florence Falls which has a very minor water current in comparison. The lower pool has a deep centre and is about 5m x 5m wide.
There are spots to sit on the edge but no gradual depth like Florence, just a deep drop off. I wouldn’t recommend for kids who can’t already swim confidently or parents with babies if the parent isn’t a confident swimmer. Here, I mostly hung onto the edge while Aurora splashed around.
Is Litchfield A Good Day Trip With Kids?
With a toddler and doing it just on my own as Jesse stayed home to get some work done, it was a little daunting at first but all in all, I decided to go. Why not? Aurora loved it and I got outside. I got some exercise in and together explored some new areas.
Caitlin decided to stay out with her friends so Aurora and I got caught in a storm on the way home, but it was such a great day and so nice to check out some new areas in Litchfield that I haven’t swum at before. (We have also been to the Termite Mounds, and Wangi Falls in the dry season.