In the ‘top end’ of Australia, there are only two distinct seasons – wet and dry. Most people like to visit in the dry season to guarantee they won’t be caught in thunderstorms, heavy rain, or potential cyclones, ensuring easy access along roads that are prone to flooding. For me, the ‘true wet’ season holds enormous natural appeal; an abundance of water, storm action and flourishing green spaces. And so it was, raining as I arrived in Darwin late at night, excited to see how dramatic the weather might be in comparison to where we are living in Brisbane.
Staying with an old friend Tarz and her communal house of ladies, luckily for me, there is no shortage of people needing an excuse to explore during my visit. As the temperature climbed alongside the desire to cool off we headed to the stunning Litchfield National Park. It’s a protected slice of nature that is culturally significant to Indigenous Australians, visually beautifully, as well as feeling like a deluxe water oasis against the throbbing humidity.
Less than two hours drive from Darwin, the swimming holes are currently flush with water flowing heavily from the numerous waterfalls within the park. The ground is swollen with the constant ‘wet’ and the intense green grasses and rainforest spaces are an absolute haven from the heat. If you take some swimming goggles you can get close to the abundance of fish, appreciate the force of the falls and explore the underwater spaces away from the weekend crowds. There are places to camp, safe swimming spots away from dangerous crocodiles and plenty of meandering, well marked trails.
Needless to say it’s an easy place to love! The perfect re-entry in to the cruisy potential of Darwin life.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water Loren Eiseley