Can you swim in Tolmer Falls?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/16/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park are two massive parks located next to each other.

There are lots of gorgeous waterfalls and scenic spots in the Northern Territory. One gorgeous location located near Kakadu is Litchfield National Park. One of the waterfalls that typically falls on a list of recommendations is Tolmer Falls.

Where is Tolmer Falls?

Tolmer Falls is located in Litchfield National Park. If you are travelling from Darwin, you can get to the impressive waterfall by following the Stuart Highway south. A turn off at Batchelor will lead you to another turn off pointing you to Tolmer Falls.

Once you have reached the parking spot, you can take a short walk to the top of the gorge. You will be able to stop at two viewing platforms across from Tolmer Falls that provide spectacular scenery. If you want to keep walking, you can follow the Tolmer Falls loop for about 45 minutes. The 1.6 km walking loop will lead you along Tolmer Creek and past pristine rock pools.

Can I swim in Tolmer Falls?

There is no swimming permitted at Tolmer Falls, but there are lots of other places to check out nearby!

What else is nearby?

Though you can’t swim at Tolmer Falls, you can swim in other nearby areas.

• Buley Rockhole

Buley Rockhole is a great swimming area in Litchfield National Park. There are small plunge pools or shallow rock pools to relax in. The flowing stream is the perfect place to cool off and be surrounded by nature.

• Cascades

Cascades is a great place to swim if you are looking for a lesser-known area. You can choose to swim in either the upper or lower section. It does take a bit of hiking through the rugged bushland to reach, which is why not many people visit it.

Once you have made it to the Cascades, you will immediately be in awe. You will likely have this pristine swimming area to yourself. There is nothing better than spending the afternoon surrounded by the tranquil sounds of nature.

• Wangi Falls

Wangi Falls is another popular waterfall in Litchfield National Park. It is also one of the most well-known swimming holes in the area. You can easily get to this swimming area on a short walk from the parking lot.

When you’re not swimming, take some time to enjoy the shaded spots nearby. There is a picnic area near the carpark with tables and gas barbeques. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon with friends or family!

• Florence Falls

One other popular swimming hole nearby is Florence Falls. You can access it via the same road that leads to Buley Rockhole. There are two paths to choose from to get to the swimming hole. One pathway requires you to take 160 steps downhill. The other path is only 1 km long with a few steps.

Explore all this and more on our three day tour of Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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