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  • Address: Litchfield Park Road, Litchfield Park, Litchfield, Australia NT 0822

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Magnetic Termite Mounds Tours

Across fields in northern Australia stand these tall magnetic termite mounds standing up to two meters high. As a habitat created by termites, they’re strategically built to face away from the hot sun and keep temperatures cool. Inside are complex and fascinating architecture and networks of arches, tunnels, chimneys, and various chambers. Thousands of termites live in a single mound and are known to last anywhere from fifty to one hundred years — which can also be the lifespan of one termite queen. Looking at the mounds it’s hard to believe such a small insect could create such a large, elaborate dwelling for itself.

There are several types of termite mounds, and in this case ‘magnetic’ refers to the way they are aligned (in conjunction with the earth’s magnetic field.)  How the termites are able to consistently determine the north-south orientation to avoid the heat is unknown, and these structures remain a bit of a natural phenomenon.

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Located in Litchfield National Park, the first grouping of termite mounds can be found 17 kilometers from the eastern boundary of the park. Litchfield is about an hour and a half’s drive from Darwin. The natural sites are free to access.

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Small-Group Litchfield National Park Day Trip from Darwin, Darwin, null
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Small-Group Litchfield National Park Day Trip from Darwin

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Spend a day in the outback on a small-group tour to Litchfield National Park from Darwin. From giant termite mounds to rugged sandstone escarpments, you’ll see ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $78.29

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