Katherine Northern Territory Region NT
Come to where the outback meets the tropics and discover a region full of gorges and misty waterfalls, thermal springs and ancient cultures. Perfect for families and solo travellers alike, you’ll be spoilt for choice from driving, fishing, camping, kayaking and trekking.
Choose whether to walk, swim, canoe, boat, or fly through the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) and its world-famous gorge system.
There are many ways to experience the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park (Nitmiluk Gorge) and its world-renowned gorge system - you can walk, swim, canoe,boat or fly.
Walks over the sandstone plateau range from an hour to five days and offer spectacular views of the gorge, as well as other landscapes. Some, like the 58 kilometre Jatbula Trail, take in most of Nitmiluk's landscapes - monsoon rainforest, stone country, upland swamp, woodland and river – while the shorter walks may not be quite so varied, but are always spectacular. You can hire canoes at the gorge, or bring your own. Commercially operated cruises of the Gorge system are available, as are helicopter flights.
Rivers rising during December to April can restrict all activities but there is always something to do. Swimming and canoeing are generally only activities for June to November. The cruises available vary between the two varying seasons. Leliyn / Edith Falls is another spectacular part of Nitmiluk that is well worth a visit. Leliyn / Edith Falls is accessed from the Stuart Highway about 45 kilometres north of Katherine.
Katherine Gorge Nitmiluk Visitor Centre Smit Rock Katherine Gorge
Credit Peter Eve / Tourism NT Credit Shaana McNaught / Tourism NT Credit Shaana McNaught / Tourism NT