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.