If you want to stay a little further afield from the town itself, the Djakanimba Pavilions are a local Aboriginal enterprise that blend traditional culture with modern comfort, allowing you to stay in an Aboriginal community. Just 100 kilometres from Katherine, there's no better place to base yourself while learning more about native culture and the history of the region.
Around 450 kilometres west of Katherine is the Bullo River Station, one of the Territory's finest cattle properties and a true Aussie adventure experience. Fish for barramundi, ride horses, go quad biking or take a world-renowned helicopter tour to see the entire station from a bird's eye view. The property has recently undergone a major renovation, meaning there's no better time to pay a visit.
To truly experience life in the Territory, you need to spend some time on a traditional Aussie cattle station. Coodardie Station Stay, run by the O'Brien family, lets you dine on home-cooked meals and observe life in the Northern Territory from up close. Watch and learn from the family as they run the cattle station, then wind down with some billy tea and damper on the outdoor fireplace.
Sleeping under the stars: caravan and camping grounds
The cool, dry nights in and around Katherine make it a perfect camping location. Katherine's caravan parks are some of the most comfortable in the Territory, making sure you get a good night's rest before and after a day of exploring.
Many caravan parks these days are placed well away from the action, but the Nitmiluk Caravan Park is right in the middle of the National Park, opposite the entrance to Nitmiluk Gorge and just footsteps from boat cruises and bushwalking trails. Use the communal cooking areas to save money and put your own spin on local cuisine, or if you're feeling lazy, just head to the Sugarbag Cafe for a coffee and a tasty meal.
Just 5km west of Katherine township and nestled within 44 acres of parkland is the Katherine Holiday Park which has all you need for a short or long stay. Featuring a pool, spa and kiosk, the park is surrounded by national parks and bushwalking trails.
Around 40 minutes drive from Katherine is the Leliyn/Edith Falls Campground, also situated within Nitmiluk National Park. Owned by the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people, the park is a true slice of camping in the Northern Territory.
The Shady Lane Tourist Park is just five minutes from the Katherine Post Office, meaning the region's attractions are on your doorstep. Take it easy under the trees or enjoy a 250-metre stroll to the river to try your hand at catching your own fish dinner.
The Lazy Lizard Caravan Park is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring, or to stop in on your way through the Territory. Located 90 kilometres north of Katherine at Pine Creek, the Lazy Lizard is situated perfectly on the doorstep of both the Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks.
To truly appreciate your holiday, why not stay on a working cattle property? Just 12 kilometres from Katherine, the Manbulloo Homestead Caravan Park gives you an insight into life in the Aussie Outback – without requiring you to raise a sweat. With fishing, bushwalking and birdwatching year-round, Manbulloo Homestead is surely one of the best caravan parks in Katherine.