Litchfield Upper Cascades

1 h to 1 h 30 min

3.1 km
circuit

↑ 91 m
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Moderate track
Starting from The Cascades car park off Litchfield Park Road, this circuit walk takes you to the Upper Cascades in Litchfield National Park, visiting many waterholes and small waterfalls along the way. This 200 metre lava flow features shallow & clear pools as well as some deeper ones that you can swim in. As you make your way through the humid bushland, you’ll also pass through a vivid Monsoon forest that is quite picturesque. Bring your swimmers and splash around in the welcoming waters of Litchfield. Keep in mind that swimming is not permitted during the wet season. Keep an eye out for crocodiles although there are warnings in places. A hat and grippy shoes are recommended. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Upper Cascades Circuit Walk & Cascades Falls exit (-13.1274777,130.6618591)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Stuart Highway, 1
  • Turn on to Batchelor Road then drive for 12.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 and drive for another 6.6 km
  • Turn left onto Litchfield Park Road and drive for another 64.5 km
  • Turn right onto Cascades Falls exit and drive for another 510 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From The Cascades car park off Litchfield Park Road, pass through the bollard and head towards the brown directional signpost along the dirt track. Shortly after, pass by a sheltered informational signpost to your left. Abou 510 metres into the track (from the start), veer/turn left at the fork to continue along the Litchfield Upper Cascades Track (clockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Upper Cascades Circuit Walk & Cascades Falls exit Start heading along Upper Cascades Circuit Walk (a footpath).
There is a car park (about 10 m back from the start).
After another 100 m continue straight, to head along Upper Cascades Circuit Walk.
After another 15 m pass the toilet (30 m on your left).
After another 410 m (at the intersection of Upper Cascades Circuit Walk & Lower Cascades Circuit Walk) continue straight, to head along Lower Cascades Circuit Walk.
After another 680 m pass the "Plunge Pool" (8 m on your left).
After another 1.4 km (at the intersection of Lower Cascades Circuit Walk & Upper Cascades Circuit Walk) veer left, to head along Upper Cascades Circuit Walk.
After another 430 m continue straight, to head along Upper Cascades Circuit Walk.
After another 90 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Litchfield Upper Cascades


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.1 km
Time 1 h to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 110 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
110 m[toilet]
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