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Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia boasts some of the most attractive and accessible waterfalls the nation has to present. Small identified to most vacationers, it also delivers a wilderness track to connect these crowded vistas.
Tabletop Track At-a-Glance
Distance: 40 km loop – about 25 miles
Place: Northern Territory, Australia
Trail form: Loop with connecting tracks
Scenery: The scenery on the loop can differ considerably. Largely flat grasslands/savannah, but can adjust to dramatic rocky outcroppings. These rocky sections present a bit of boulder hopping and way-discovering.
Terrain: Straightforward, flat grassland with quite a few moderate sections of exposed rock and steep hill climbs.
Navigation: Map is supplied in PDF at the National Park web site.
The map shows the parking lots exactly where hyperlink tracks are accessible. There are indicators directing you off the normal walking tracks (orange arrows) and onto the Hyperlink Track and Tabletop Track (blue arrows). In most sections the arrows are quick to uncover. Some sections have been supplemented with pink flashing in the trees since the grass and tree development cover the signposts. In a handful of rocky sections the blue arrows are fairly tough to uncover, and a bit of zigzag walking or discovering a greater vantage point can aid find the subsequent arrow.
The park is about 120km southeast from Darwin through Batchelor on the Stuart Highway. As soon as in the park, adhere to indicators to any of the parking lots marked on the map. You can leave your car or truck at these parking lots, but make positive you let a park ranger or volunteer know of your plans.
This trail can be hiked in any path, or in sections. There are 3 campgrounds on the Tabletop Track and 4 extra campgrounds accessible off the Hyperlink Tracks.
Why Hike This Trail
This is a wonderful way to expertise the beauty and remote wilderness of Litchfield National Park without the need of the crowds. There are hidden waterfalls, grassland savannah, rocky escarpments all the functions of Leading Finish Australia and pretty handful of folks. There is no feeling like standing on the top rated of a rocky piling, seeking out across a vast wilderness of treetops and watching the sun gradually set on the far horizon. No energy lines marring the view, no loud music interrupting the sound of the birds just clear, clean air.
Climate and Climate
Most effective time for the hike is dry season (May possibly to August). To hike involving September and April permits will have to be granted. Throughout the dry season, anticipate warm to hot days (70-100F) and cooler nights (50-60F). It will be sunny practically all day. The afternoons are normally windy with calm mornings and evenings. Totally ideal climate.
The great issue about hiking in the dry season: no rain gear required. Lightweight hiking footwear or boots are ideal. I would recommend low hiking gaiters (sock savers) just to hold out the grass, seeds and dust. Sunscreen is a will have to and bug repellent is also a great issue to have. Shorts, tank, hat, camp sandals. There is the potential to have a pretty light pack.
The mileage (kilometers) involving camps is all noted on the map. The track can be accomplished in two days, with only a single evening at a remote camp. Ask prior to you go about water at the remote camps. In a pretty dry year (like 2019) there is not a lot water at the camps by August. The camps give a fire pit, but that is all. Campgrounds inside the park can be employed for a charge. These give toilets and some have showers.
The solitude of the hike is the finest highlight. Amazing sunsets each evening, private waterfalls for swimming, and ideal climate. This track is a will have to do if you are currently going to Litchfield National Park.
The map denotes that there are no water sources involving Grennant Creek and Florence Falls. This is a longer section of the track, but conveniently accomplished with a couple of liters of water. The other sections of the track cross water a handful of instances, but by the finish of the dry season (August/September) these water sources are finding much less and much less. It is a great notion to fill your bottles are each stream and carry at least 3 liters of water.
I completely enjoyed my time on the Tabletop Track. It is not a extended track or a tough hike, but it is a great way to get away from the tourist crowd and expertise a attractive element of Australia.
About the Author
I grew up camping, hiking and canoeing for household vacations, but have only lately began undertaking extended-distance hikes. Final summer season I did a 3-week section hike on the AT. This year I did 5 days of hiking in Litchfield National Park. I am participating in the MST 42nd Birthday Hike and appear forward to extra hiking this summer season. I am organizing a quick trek in Kyrgyzstan this fall.
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