The Australian government has announced that it plans to develop Litchfield National Park over the coming year. The popular wildlife park plans to add many new attractions for visitors to see.
While Kakadu National Park may be the more famous location in Australia’s Nothern Territory, Litchfield National Park is actually the most visited, with over 370,000 visitors per year. Presently, most of these visitors spend time in the northern regions 1500 square kilometer park, where its magnetic termite mounds, Buley Rockhole and the lush Florence Falls are located.
However, the new plan will see the development of many southern areas. The A$12.1 million package announced by the Australian government includes five extra waterfalls, with crocodile free pools, new mountain biking tracks, driving routes, picnic areas, and at least three new campgrounds.
Litchfield to Get a Facelift
The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, hopes that this investment will help “establish Litchfield as a premier tourist destination for adventure seekers.” The development looks to open up the central areas of the park and to bring in an additional 60,000 visitors annually.
A longer-term plan will see the southern areas of the park near Daly River all the way up to Florence Falls also see development. The development of these areas will also open the park to commercial business ventures in everything from cafe food to whitewater rafting adventures, as long as they worked in conjunction with native title holders and key stakeholders.
Located 70 kilometers south of Darwin, Litchfield is named after a famous British explorer, the land traditionally belongs to the native Marrathiel, Marranunggu, Werat, Warray and Koongurrukun peoples.
Development of these new projects will start during the dry season and should be completed within 12 months.