Join Grand Touring for a Litchfield discovery like no other as we travel back to the 40’s to discover the true effects and devastation of WWII. Be left speechless as we take you back in time to relive Darwin’s fight for survival during WWII and showcase the rich history of Darwin’s Airstrips & War Memorials.
We travel approximately two hours south from Darwin, past abandoned WWII airstrips and the town of Batchelor, for the journey through to Litchfield National Park. Ascend the rocky Tabletop Range where dry woodlands and forests dominate the huge sandstone plateau. Arrive at Litchfield National Park. This fascinating, uniquely beautiful area was originally the home of the Aboriginal Wagait people.
First we will travel back to the 40’s to discover the true effects and devastation of WWII. In the morning we travel south to Strauss Airstrip, a base for P40 Kittyhawk and Spitfire Squadrons. Learn about the terrifying air raids over Darwin.
Our next stop is the Adelaide River War Memorial, where we pay tribute to the courageous 435 men and women who were laid to rest after defending our great country during WWII. During WWII, Adelaide River was the headquarters of a large base and it was used by Australian General Hospitals Nos. 101, 107, 119, 121 and 129. The war cemetery was created especially for the burial of servicemen who died in this part of Australia .
Florence Falls – Litchfield National Park
After lunch we visit some of Litchfield’s beautiful waterfalls such as Florence Falls, where swimming may be available subject to conditions. Take a walk along the Shady Creek track or walk down the 135 steps witnessing the beautiful flora and fauna to the sounds of the majestic waterfall. Keep an eye out for wallabies often spotted in the area!
Wangi Falls – Litchfield National Park
Next we go to Wangi Falls, another spring fed waterfall looking out for birdlife such as the Rainbow Bee-Eaters or Black Kites. Here you will also have the opportunity to take a stroll along the boardwalk, finding different vantage points of the spectacular falls as well as take in the surrounding plant and wildlife.
As we head back to Darwin, we make one final stop at the termite mounds. The termite mounds found in Litchfield are the incredible architectural works of local termites, complete with arches, tunnels, chimneys and nursery chambers. These mounds will leave you bewildered as your driver/guide explains how these mounds are created and the difference between them.
- Strauss Airstrip
- Adelaide River
- Florence Falls
- Wangi Waterfalls
- Litchfield Cathedral & Magnetic Termite Mounds
- Inclusive hot lunch & beverage
What to bring:
- Hat & Sunscreen, drink bottle, bathers or change of clothes & towel (Swimming is optional), comfortable shoes, insect repellent & a camera!
- Air conditioned vehicle
- Experienced driver & guide
- Included lunch and water
*Pickup from locations throughout Darwin, including all major hotels in Darwin CBD and Mitchell Street. Any locations out of CBD please contact us prior to ensure pickup availability.
BOOKING CONDITIONS: Prices and Itineraries are effective from 01 Oct 2019 to 30 Sep 2020. Child prices apply to all guests 14 years or younger. Cancellation fees of 100% will apply if tour is cancelled within 24 hours of departure. No penalties will apply if cancelled 25 hours or greater prior to departure.
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