The Lost City – A Litchfield National Park Guide

The Lost City is a collection of sandstone structures located in Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia. Although the rock formations appear to be man-made structures, they were created through years and years of erosion.

How to Get to The Lost City

Located within Litchfield National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory, the Lost City is a hidden gem.

What’s the closest town to The Lost City? The Lost City is approximately 150 kilometres southwest of Darwin.

Its proximity to Darwin makes it a perfect day trip or a fun stop for an adventurous trip exploring the wonders of Litchfield National Park.


4wd car parked bext to litchfield national park sign on a sunny day. litchy
IG @dusty_kruiser_travels arriving at Litchy
exterior view of the Lost City with blue skies and clouds
The Lost City by @stoopy005

Top Lost City Tour

Gaining access to the Lost City requires more than just a standard vehicle; you’ll need a 4WD.

The Litchy 4×4 Adventures Tour stands out with its expert guides and well-equipped 4WD vehicles. It offers an opportunity to journey into the heart of Litchfield National Park, where ordinary tours simply cannot tread. The 4×4 Litchfield Park Adventures Tour takes you on an exhilarating escapade through the park’s beautiful landscapes, traversing lush woodlands, pristine waterways, and ancient rock formations. The journey to the Lost City is an experience in itself, as you pass by picture-perfect waterfalls and natural wonders.

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Access to The Lost City

The Lost City is not as accessible as other landmarks in Litchfield National Park; however, it is possible. The 10 km track off Litchfield Park Road is rough and can only be made with a 4WD.

This track is also mostly inaccessible during the wet season.

Once you reach The Lost City, there is a 0.4 km loop that takes you around the rock formations. This part of the national park does not allow pets.

the lost city at litchfiled national park, litchy
The Lost City on a sunny day, by IG @Vanningaroundoz
4wd car driving around the lost city at litchfield national park
IG @ota_troopy visiting The Lost City

The Lost City Accommodation

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation, with either camping or lodging available in Litchfield National Park. Sandy Creek Campsite is 33.2 km away and only accessible through a 4WD.

For lodging, we have a curated list available in Litchfield National Park, which you can find here.

Additionally, the map below will help you source accommodation in the region you’re travelling through. 

Other Top Attractions Nearby

The Lost City is around a 30-minute drive and 30.6 km from Blyth Homestead, a historical dwelling.

Tjaetaba Waterfall is a beautiful location to swim and spend time in the water, and a 22.3 km drive from The Lost City, accompanied by a 1.5 km walk (3 km round-trip).

Tolmer Falls is another nearby location perfect for taking a picture with a waterfall in the background. It has wheelchair-accessible lookouts and hiking trails for those who want to walk around.

Lastly, drive 21 km northeast to the Magnetic Termite Mounds to experience a magnetic mystery. 

aerial view of tolmer falls in litchfield national park nt litchy
Limmen National Park's Lost City rock red centre
IG @marls_gone_ranging aerial view of Limmen National Park's Lost City

Similar Locations to The Lost City

The Northern Territory has another “Lost City” in Limmen National Park. Called the Western Lost City, it sits 769 km west of Litchfield’s Lost City, and is similarly made out of sandstone.


Ready to visit the Lost City in Litchfield National Park? Hopefully, the above has got you inspired to explore!

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