Katherine is a stunning outback destination home to the Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge which follows the Katherine River on the Arnhem Land Plateau. An extremely popular Northern Territory tourist attraction, Katherine offers a number of tours which take visitors on a magical journey through the main gorges on a small boat. Along the way, tourists have the opportunity to spot wildlife and the Jawoyn people's ancient Aboriginal rock art along the sandstone escarpments. Navigate the waterways with a canoe or enjoy a bird's eye view of this magnificent landscape with a helicopter flight over 6 gorges. The views are absolutely spectacular year round however the wet season, from May to September, is positively magical as the rive floods. The Nitmiluk National Park offers 290,000 hectares of campsites, walking trails and river systems as well as an epic trek which runs for five days.
Katherine accommodation doesn't offer quite as many choices as some other regions due to its remote location however the choices it does present offer a range of quality accommodation and friendly service. Featuring only a couple of hotels and motels, Katherine accommodation is centrally located to the town's shopping, dining and local businesses and also enjoys a great range of onsite facilities. Conveniently located close to a number of the region's most popular activities and attractions, most Katherine accommodation offers easy access to tours and the surrounding unique natural environment.
Arriving in Katherine, the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre should be your first stop to gather as much information on the National Park with a range of nature, geological, cultural and historical displays. The Nitmiluk National Park Leilyn also offers an alternative access route to park via the popular swimming area of Edith Falls. The Cutta Cutta Caves are a famous part of the National Park and feature 1499 hectares of limestone with guided tours available. The Katherine Hot Springs are just minutes from the centre of town and offer crystal pools naturally heated to a permanent 32 degree Celsius.
The Katherine Museum is also a fantastic way to gain an insight into the history and culture of the region complete with an old aerodrome home to WWII artefacts and Gypsy Moth planes. The Katherine School of the Air is also a unique attraction to the Northern Territory while the Katherine Barra Farm offers an exciting and entertaining way to spend the day. Manyallaluk is quite possibly the most unique way to experience the culture and spirituality that lies at the heart of Katherine, providing a fascinating way to experience the Aboriginal culture in a family setting. Set just east of an Aboriginal community, Manyallaluk is about an hour's drive and promises an unforgettable and quintessentially Australian outback experience.