In addition to its own wealth of natural attractions, the Katherine Region represents the crossroads of the outback. Positioned between three regions of outstanding beauty and environmental significance, it offers the perfect base for exploring Kakadu, the Gulf Region and the Kimberley.
Katherine has a veritable wonderland of gorges, rivers, caves and places of historical interest. Enjoy picturesque Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), with an aerial flight over the Gorge or perhaps further afield to Kakadu. Visit the Cutta Cutta Caves, peaceful Springvale Homestead or go down into Never Never country to bathe in the relaxing thermal pools.
It has idyllic weather conditions from April to September, with night-day temperatures ranging from 10ºC to 28ºC. From December to March, brilliant tropical storms bring refreshing down-pours of rain, stimulating lush green and cascading waterfalls.
The main entrance is located 30kms north-east of Katherine, accessible by sealed road.
Named Nitmiluk by the Aborigines, the park attracts visitors from all over the world.
Its 13 magnificent gorges, with sandstone walls towering 60 metres high, were carved over millions of years by raging torrents of water swept down from Arnhemland during the monsoon rains.
The most comfortable months to visit the park are from May to September. The ‘wet season’ causes flooding of the Katherine River, therefore some activities are restricted and the access road may be cut off for short periods during peak flooding.
Over 100kms of walking tracks enable the energetic visitor to experience the wonders of the gorge system. For the less adventurous, five of the gorges are accessible by organised tours
Edith Falls is located on the western boundary of the Nitmiluk National Park and can be reached by travelling the Stuart Highway northwards from Katherine for 40kms and then following a bitumen road for 20kms.
The Falls cascade over ancient rock formations, creating a series of waterfalls. This delightful area has a number of bushwalks up and around the escarpment. Facilities include an ablution block with toilet and shower, basic park furniture, wood barbecues, campground (unpowered sites) and a kiosk.
This is the oldest original station homestead in the Territory. Established in 1878, it is located 8kms west of Katherine, on Shadforth Road. Its founder, Alfred Giles, led one of the most epic pioneering treks of the Northern Territory. He spent 19 months droving sheep and cattle from Adelaide to Springvale. The homestead consists of a well preserved stone house, some original outbuildings, a billabong and shady Indian Raintrees.
5kms from Katherine, via Victoria Highway. The scenic riverfront parkland of Low Level Circuit, built by American troops in WWII, is a popular picnic, swimming, birdwatching and fishing spot.
The river current can be strong in the Wet. Check safety signs before swimming.
An ancient tropical savannah river system which flows for over 350km from Arnhemland to the sea. Over millions of years, it has carved its place and now continuously flows gently through the sandstone country and out through the heart of the savannah, deep in the tropical outback.
The best way to experience the beauty of this pristine river system is by canoe. A canoe tour will afford the opportunity to ‘connect’ with the environment and float through the shady paperbark forests and pandanus channels. Please be aware of local signage with respect to safe swimming areas as dangerous currents exist at particular times of the year and estuarine crocodiles have been known to move undetected into the upper reaches of the river. A guided tour will help to ensure the quality and safety of your experience.
The turn-off for this park is 86 kilometres west of Katherine. The park protects 25 kilometres of the unique Flora River and an adjacent area of the flood plain and savannah woodland. The principal attraction of the park is the clear springs feeding the river, jewelled calcium ‘tufa dams’ and diverse riverine vegetation.
If you fancy a quiet stopover away from the crowds, the camping area operates on an honesty box system. Basic facilities exist. There are opportunities for fishing, boating and canoeing during the ‘dry’ months of May to October.
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