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Katherine and Nitmiluk

Katherine is one of the original European settlements in the Northern Territory. It's situated past Pine Creek, just over 300km on the Stuart Highway south of Darwin, en route to Tennant Creek and, eventually, Alice Springs. Katherine was home to the Jawoyn people, who found abundant food and water as well as spiritual fulfilment in the land.

The stunning Katherine River runs through the town, which is the departure point for the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) national park, situated 30km away. There's lots to do in and around Katherine, including:

  • swimming, canoeing and kayaking in the river
  • rejuvenating in the Hot Springs (has wheelchair access)
  • cycling along the tracks from the Low Level Nature Reserve to the Hot Springs
  • picnicking at any of the numerous shady, grassy and/or sandy spots along the river and by waterfalls
  • birdwatching and flying fox (fruit bat) observing
  • fishing for the inimitable barramundi

The Nitmiluk national park is the jewel of the Territory and a paradise of 13 natural gorges which you can explore by canoeing, bushwalking, or on a boat cruise or scenic flight. Along the gorges are ancient Aboriginal rock paintings which tell the story of the original inhabitants of this beautiful place. There's an excellent Visitor Centre in the park, which should be your first port of call. The Nitmiluk is so stunning that words can't express its beauty – just go there!

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