National parksaround Katherine
Camping, boating, swimming and some of Australia’s best walking trails – national parks in the Katherine region are more than just nature reserves.
By definition a national park is a flora and fauna reserve open to the general public – in the Northern Territory you might want to add camping, boating, swimming and some of Australia’s best walking trails.
The well-managed national parks of the greater Katherine area showcase the natural diversity and abundant wildlife of the region. There are 6 parks to choose from and more than 10 nature parks, reserves and conservation areas.
From the remote Barranyi (North Island) National Park in the gulf region, with its pristine marine environment and fascinating birdlife, to the towering sandstone landforms of the Keep River National Park, there is plenty to see and experience.
National parks around Katherine
Tracks & trails
A popular destination just 30km northeast of Katherine is the Nitmiluk National Park, home to the magnificent Katherine Gorge. This unique natural formation has been carved from ancient sandstone by the Katherine River and can be viewed up close on a boat tour.
Nitmiluk is also home to the Jatbula Trail, a popular seasonal walk from Nitmiluk to Leliyn (Edith Falls). It covers 60km and can be tackled over 5 days. The trail features beautiful swimming holes at every campsite, and amazing Jawoyn rock art along the way.
For the intrepid traveller, Gregory National Park has a network of four-wheel-drive tracks passing through gorges and desert landscapes. A popular destination is Limestone Gorge with excellent fishing, hiking and canoeing. Four-wheel-drive bush camps have also been established in the more remote areas.
To visit national parks and reserves around Katherine, you may require a park pass. Find out more about park passes in the NT.
You will find many dedicated camping areas across national parks in the Katherine region. Camping fees vary according to the facilities on offer, and bookings are essential. Find out more about camping around Katherine.
The national parks are most comfortable in the dry season between May and August/September. If you’re embarking on a remote four-wheel-driving trip or hiking overnight be sure to check in with local rangers before departing.