• Length: 8.3km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Tolmer Falls Carpark

  • End: Tolmer Falls Carpark

  • Location: Litchfield National Park

  • Closest Town: Batchelor

  • Distance from CBD: 155km

  • State: NT

  • Latitude: -13.202832

  • Longitude: 130.71402

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Tolmer Falls to the Lost City is a 8.3km, grade 4 return hike, located in Litchfield National Park Northern Territory. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

The Tolmer Falls to the Lost City hike takes you off trail through the upper tableland terrain. Commencing at Tolmer Falls, this hike is best experienced with an early start for the return trip of just under 9km so as to avoid the afternoon heat. There is no water available at The Lost City so carry everything you need.

This is a good way to visit The Lost City before the 4wd track is opened after the Wet Season - The track usually opens in June or July.

About the region

Tolmer Falls in Litchfield National Park - One of the most spectacular falls, Tolmer Falls cascades over two high escarpments into a distant, deep, plunge pool. The bottom of the Falls is home to several colonies of rare Ghost Bats and Orange Horseshoe Bats. Open year round. No camping is available.

The Lost City is a collection of rock formations that have left behind as the softer sandstone cap of the table top range eroded away.

The Lost City became famous with the old wagon road used by early pioneers passing through this rock formation. The last couple of kms of the current road follow the old wagon road that joined the homestead of Stapleton Station near Adelaide River to the outstation (Blyth Homestead).

Getting there

Drive to Tolmer Falls in Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory. Follow the marked trail East to Tolmer Creek then South along the creek & cross when the creek turns West. There is a bench on the other side & the hike starts from here.
There is no marked trail & no phone reception.


  • Only for experienced bush walkers.
  • Take water, Good hat, PLB or EPIRB, Sunglasses [the start of the walk is directly into the rising sun], compass & copy of
  • Australian Topographical Chart 5071 'Reynolds River'
  • Note LOST CITY is incorrectly positioned - correct position is FL881380 which is approx 700 mts west of where it is shown.

GPX File

Total distance: 8276 m
Max elevation: 179 m
Min elevation: 110 m
Total climbing: 156 m
Total descent: -171 m
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Contributed by: William Harburn

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