I have visited the Top End a few times now, heading to all the popular spots like Katherine, Kakadu and of course Litchfield National Park, but only once have I had the opportunity to swim at the elusive Wangi Falls.
After three visits to Wangi over the past 10yrs, this year was the first time I dove into the pool's cool (and a bit scary if I'm being honest) water whilst on the Litchfield Swimming Adventure tour. I was nervous about finally experiencing Litchfield's largest swimming hole. Wangi Falls was a special place for the indigenous women of the area. A place for them to bathe, swim and enjoy. I was told that the Indigenous people believed that Wangi Falls was a site for women only, and that men who wandered near would have had to look away, not staring directly at the falls or the pool.
It was believed that if any men looked towards the falls, they would be enticed by the beautiful women who would appear, drawing them towards the water and eventually, their death.
Wangi Falls was our first stop on the tour, and it was amazing. I was nervous as I entered the water, with my swimming noodle in hand, I slowly walked in and then made the leap. The water was so cool matched with the hot Territory sun. Against the falls, brave teenagers jumped off the rocks into the clear water towards their excited peers.
There are so many beautiful spots to take some very Insta-worthy photo's. Whether they're of the falls and pool itself, or of the thick tropical surroundings, you are sure to have some spectacular memories to go along with your pics. There is also a walking track that takes you to the top of the falls where you can look down and gain a different perspective of the national park. Throughout your visit, don't be surprised to see some beautiful native birds, wallabies, lizards and water monitors even the occasional wild pig and hopefully no crocodiles!
Don't worry, I'm just joking! Whilst there are crocs in the area throughout wet season, they are small fresh water crocs which do not attack unless provoked. Parks and Wildlife do an amazing job of clearing and inspecting all water holes that are open to the public. You're safe!
Whilst Wangi Falls is only open for swimming during a small window of the dry season, it is a place not to miss, whether swimming or exploring.
Written by Jordyn Sherman - NT Day Tours