Walker Creek Walk

Litchfield National Park

DirectionsThe first or last day hike in Litchfield, depending on which way you enter the park, Walker Creek is located 65km from the Cox Peninsula Road turnoff if approaching from the north. If coming via Batchelor then it is 75km along Litchfield Park Road once you turn off Rum Jungle Road. 

The Hike - In what has become an annual tradition since our first trip to Darwin in 2019, Caris' side of the family like to take her grandmother on a winter trip to escape the cold Perth winter (and to also celebrate her birthday). For 2022, it was decided that Katherine would be the preferred destination and this presented an opportunity to explore nearby Nitmiluk National Park. With a half day of driving to get from Darwin to Katherine, Caris and I decided to make a side trip into Litchfield National Park to visit the remaining day walks that are accessible to 2WD cars. 

Remembering the northern entry of Litchfield to be quite corrugated and only having a Toyota Corolla hire car for the trip, I decided to drive into Litchfield via the Batchelor end and so began a long drive from Darwin to reach the first of two walks for the day at Walker Creek. In hindsight, I would have come in via the northern entrance but no harm done. Having previously spent a day here in 2019 exploring four short walks, we didn't quite make it up to the northern end of the park to hike Walker Creek and The Cascades. Here to add them to the growing collection of hikes on the website (The NT now has it's own section thanks to this trip), we arrived at Walker Creek and found it to be busier than I was expecting, given it's not one of the "popular" hikes. As we would find out later, it seemed most of the tourists visiting the Northern Territory during school holidays were here at Litchfield today but it wasn't too bad at Walker Creek. This is an unusual walk trail in that it exists to service the eight walkers only campsites that are found along the side of Walker Creek.

 

These must be pre-booked and consist of a small platform and fire pit, usually next to a swimming hole or set of rapids. Loading up the backpack with water and grabbing my camera, we set off to find the start of the trail, located at the end of the car park. Taking note of the information board, we first went to check out the short side trail to the creek before joining the main trail as it headed towards the first two campsites that are close together. Crossing a metal bridge, this gives you a good look at Walker Creek and is a good spot to look for dragonflies, birds and fish that call the creek home. Heading up a small hill, you enter the savanna woodlands that were familiar thanks to the previous walks we had done in Litchfield. Looking down at the creek, there were flashes of deep green as the ferns love the constant supply of water along the creek. Eventually you reach a flatter area and here I was lucky to spot a White-breasted Woodswallow and an unusual flowering plant that turned out to be a Hibbertia dilatata, something I would not have picked as a Hibbertia until seeing it on an information board at The Cascades.