300 miles south of Darwin, Katherine is set on the banks of the Katherine River. The regions star attraction, the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) meaning 'Cicada Place' is the pull to the area. Along with great fishing, natural wonders and indigenous and pioneering history it’s also where the tropics meet the outback. Explore the 13 stunning gorges on foot, by canoe, boat or helicopter.
Be sure not to miss out on the highlights of the Katherine National Park. It’s easy to take a day tour and be guided around the gorges and waterfalls or drive yourself to explore.
Explore 180,000 hectares of natural wonders, home to 3 gorge systems carved out of the rock by the rains. Visitors can hire a canoe, trek or take a scenic flight over the land. 2 or 4 hour cruises of the Katherine River can be taken whilst enjoying breakfast or dinner. There are many fine examples of Aboriginal rock paintings dating back thousands of years. Educational bushtucker tours can also be taken.
Take a refreshing dip in Katherine Hot Springs. These natural thermal springs are located just five minutes from the centre of town on the banks of the Katherine River. Relax and enjoy the pools at a constant idyllic temperature of 32ºC. With surrounding grassy banks and shade trees, it's the ideal spot for a pleasant picnic. Access is from the Victoria Highway or Riverbank Drive. Open daily subject to weather conditions.
Located on the western boundary of Nitmiluk National Park, the paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at the base of the falls is safe for swimming throughout most of the year. The area
is also great for bushwalking. Leliyn (Edith Falls) is the finishing point of the 58 kilometre Jatbula Trail walking track, which begins at Nitmiluk National Park headquarters.
Experience a truly authentic indigenous cultural experience lead by indigenous artists from the Katherine and Red Centre Regions. The Top Didj Cultural Experience is a two- hour activity that is available for 2 sessions per day. Visitors can interact with Top End Aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal and learn about his painting style, the Aborigine culture, and how he lived off the land.
Come with us on a virtual tour of the Nitmiluk National Park in the Katherine Region of Australia's Northern Territory. Explore 180,000 hectares of natural wonders, home to 3 gorge systems carved out of the rock by the rains.