The Lost City
What you need to know
This collection of towering, weathered sandstone monoliths consists of a number of formations that are fantastically-shaped, conjuring up imagery from a long-lost civilisation from which they derive their name. The Lost City was formed from the effects of thousands of years' worth of wind and erosion, and as a result they come in a number of varied shapes and sizes reminiscent of buildings or other human-built structures. Those visiting Litchfield National Park during the dry season can take a lovely stroll around the rocks through some lovely patches of monsoonal forest to extend the experience - which you'll likely want to do, as accessing the Lost City is no small task.
Reached via an extremely rock, unsealed track leading in that includes a number of high-rock ledges to pass, the Lost City is very much a 4WD-only proposition, with a high clearance vehicle a necessity. The track in stretches for roughly 9km and is mostly narrow enough to be limited to one-way traffic only, so be sure to keep your wits about you if attempting to navigate it. Once at the Lost City there are no facilities to speak of, either, so the usual reminders of bringing along sufficient water for the trip apply here.
- open from May to November,
- admission free
- unsealed and challenging road in means proper 4WD experience required
- no facilities at Lost City
The Lost CityLitchfield, Litchfield Park Road, Lost City, Northern Territory, 822, Australia