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People standing at the Baruwei Lookout in Nitmiluk National Park
Visitors watching the sunrise while camping in Butterfly Gorge Nature Park
Photo of the pool in Nitmiluk Camping and Caravan Park in Katherine


Katherine ist mit rund 8.

000 Einwohnern die drittgrößte Stadt im Northern Territory und liegt 300 Kilometer südlich von Darwin. Die Stadt wurde vom Entdecker John McDouall Stuart nach Catherine, der Tochter seines Wohltäters, benannt. Die Region ist die Heimat der traditionellen Landbesitzer der Jawoyn-Aborigines. Katherine wird oft als ein Ort beschrieben, an dem „das Outback auf die Tropen trifft“ und ist mit einer Reihe von Unterkünften und Einrichtungen gut ausgestattet.

Reisende, die Katherine besuchen, können im Katherine Railway Museum stöbern, die schöne Sammlung von Aborigine-Kunst in der Katherine Art Gallery besichtigen, in den Katherine Hot Springs entspannen oder einen Einblick in die Funktionsweise einer Rinderstation gewinnen, indem sie das historische Springvale Homestead besuchen. Baujahr 1878.

Sehen & Erleben in Katherine

  • Information


    • Vögel beobachten
    • Camping
    • Angeln
    • Wandern
    • Scenic Drives
    • Schwimmen
    • Spaziergänge
  • Map


    What’s nearby

    What’s nearby

    Explore the NT
    Driving routes Flight paths
  • Map


    What’s nearby

    What’s nearby

    Explore the NT
    Driving routesFlight paths
  • FAQs

    Can Katherine be done as a day trip?

    If you wake up early enough, you could make it to Katherine and back from Darwin in a day, but the best option is to stay a few nights, giving you plenty of time to explore the town and its surrounds.


    Do I need any passes or permits to visit Katherine?

    Passes or permits are not required in Katherine.


    How do I get around Katherine?

    In the town itself, you can walk, ride a bike, catch a taxi, or hire a car. To get to the main sights out of town – Nitmiluk National Park and Nitmiluk Gorgeguided tours are available, or you can drive yourself.


    How do I get to Katherine?

    From Darwin, the drive to Katherine is 3 hours (317 km). We recommend you take a few days and drive the Nature's Way scenic route via Kakadu National Park. There are also tour options from Darwin. The Ghan train passes through each week, or you can fly from Darwin or Alice Springs with Air North.


    How far is Katherine from Darwin?

    Driving from Katherine to Darwin will take approximately 3.5 hours (317 km). Stop in at Edith Falls or Litchfield National Park on the way.


    What are the major attractions at Katherine?

    There are heaps of things to do in Katherine. The Katherine Hot Springs are right in the centre of town, while the Katherine Outback Experience provides a glimpse of life on the land in outback Australia. Learn more about the region's culture and history at the Katherine Museum, the Top Didj Cultural Experience and their Art Gallery or the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre.


    What should I bring with me to Katherine?

    Be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and plenty of drinking water. Bring your bathers and a towel to take a dip in one of the many refreshing swimming holes.


    When is the best time to visit Katherine?

    From May to October the weather is dry and warm in the day and cool in the evenings, the perfect backdrop to explore the surrounding attractions. If you visit between November and April, there's a greater chance of rainfall. A tropical Top End storm is truly something to behold from the comfort of your Katherine lodgings.


    Where should I go next from Katherine?

    One of the best ways to experience the Top End is via the Nature's Way scenic route, a loop that takes you from Darwin through Kakadu National Park to Katherine, then back again via Litchfield National Park and Berry Springs. An hour south west of Katherine you'll find Mataranka and Bitter Springs, the perfect places for a dip.