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Katherine

Katherine, située à 300 kilomètres au sud de Darwin, est la troisième plus grande ville du Territoire du Nord, avec une population d’environ 8 000 habitants.

La ville a été nommée ainsi par l’explorateur John McDouall Stuart, d’après Catherine, la fille de son bienfaiteur.La région est le foyer des aborigènes de la tribu Jawoyn.Katherine est souvent décrite comme un lieu où « l’outback rencontre les tropiques » et on y trouve hébergements et autres infrastructures.

Ceux de passage peuvent parcourir le Katherine Railway Museum, découvrir la belle collection d’art aborigène à la Katherine Art Gallery, se détendre dans les sources chaudes de la ville ou avoir un aperçu d’un ranch d’élevage de bétail en opération en visitant l’établissement historique Spingvale Homestead, construit en 1878.

Choses à voir et à faire à Katherine

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    Activités

    • Birdwatching
    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Scenic Drives
    • Swimming
    • Walks
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    Itinéraires routiers Trajets aériens
  • 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.

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    Do I need any passes or permits to visit Katherine?

    Passes or permits are not required in Katherine.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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