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Camping around Katherine

Set up camp in big river country and spend your days near sparkling waterholes, majestic waterfalls and thick woodlands full of wildlife. It doesn’t get better than camping in Katherine.

Katherine is a region with an extensive range of camping experiences. Whether you prefer sleeping in cabins or caravans in an established campground, or dossing down in a swag around a fire in a remote pocket of national park, Katherine has options to suit every taste and level of comfort.

Reach your campsite by hiking or 4WDing across striking terrain, or canoeing and cruising along one of the area's magical rivers. Hikers tackling the Jatbula Trail in Nitmiluk National Park have ample opportunity to stop for the night in places not seen by most. Idyllic spots such as stunning Leliyn (Edith Falls) and spectacular Crystal Falls lie an easy distance from campsites. Sandy Camp pool offers a peaceful and shady spot beside a billabong, perfect for cooling off with a swim. This hike has a 5 or 6 day option and is usually in high demand so make sure you book your spot on the Jatbula Trail well in advance.

If you're new to camping, you might like to consider a guided tour. Experienced tour guides know all the best spots and they're all pretty handy around a campfire too. Many guided tours include cultural experiences and knowledge for you to enjoy so you can truly appreciate the sacred ground you're staying on.

While you're out in the fresh air, get amidst the incredible natural habitat. Watch for turtles at Sweetwater Pool. Discover bandicoots, quolls and flying foxes near the thermal pools at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas Hot Springs Park). The Flora River Nature Park is rich in wildlife as well as featuring magnificent tufa rock formations, waterfalls, large natural springs, and casuarina trees. Dramatic Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge brims with wallabies, water monitors, eagles and cockatoos.

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