National Parks / Natural World
Magnetic Termite Mounds in Litchfield Park Batchelor
Where is it at?
Magnetic Termite Mounds in Litchfield Park
Litchfield Park Road
Tel: 8 8999 4555
Where are we going today?
Undoubtably one of Litchfield National Park's most stunning sights are the hundreds of termite mounds up to 2 metres in height spread across the landscape, all silently facing the same direction!
The Magnetic Termite Mounds are a popular tourist attraction. These wedge-shaped mounds are aligned in a north-south direction as a response to the environment. The termites which build them feed on grass roots and other plant debris found in plains which are seasonally flooded. Therefore, the termites are forced to remain above the water, in the mound. The alignment of the mound acts as a temperature regulator, and allows the temperature to remain stable, hence their uniform orientation.
This Park is spectacular at any time, though most 4WD tracks are closed during the wet season. Some swimming areas such as Wangi Falls, become unsafe after heavy rain and are closed for swimming but kiosk and picnic facilities remain open. See our Litchfield Park listing for information.
When can we go?
24 hour access.
Any Top Tips?
The rest of Litchfield National Park is well worth a look too!.
What people are saying?
by cool guy
by Alan Tenraa
Was end of dry season but still a great place to visit. Swimming holes superb.
by david carter
Best place in the world
by Luca Laver
Awesome day trip from Darwin... Swimming under Florence Falls or in Buley Rock Pools
by Benjamin Sangster
One of my best 4x4 drives in this park. The southern end has some great things to see and is only accessible by 4x4. Can't wait to come back.