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Two people canoeing in Nitmiluk National Park

Canoeing & kayakingaround Katherine

Push off from the river bank, fasten your lifejacket, and get your paddles going for an unforgettable journey through stunning landscapes.

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On the river

Whether you're looking for an easy day trip or overnighter, you can't beat hitting the river for an up-close view of the region. The renowned Nitmiluk Gorge boasts dramatic cliffs that plunge down to the Katherine River. Take a scenic boat ride from the Boat Tour departure point to commence canoeing in the Second Gorge. Get the full canoeing guide for Nitmiluk National Park for all the details.

Wildlife and landscape

Experience both the quietude of river life and the noise of its natural inhabitants. Greet the incredible array of wildlife as you glide along Katherine River. Spot eagles and Black Cockatoos perching in the tree canopy, and Cormorants and Freshwater Crocodiles along the river banks. Move through a diverse and stunning natural world, from lush pandanus to paperbark forests. Be awed by extraordinary waterfalls and dramatic rock formations.

Go with a guide

For those wanting to experience the wonders of a river landscape without the stress of bringing their own equipment, a guided tour through Nitmiluk Gorge is a great option. Enjoy meals and a glass of wine on sandy banks near stunning cascades, and let experienced guides set you up comfortably for sleeping under the stars.

Watch the season

Remember rivers rise during the wet season. Canoeing and kayaking are safest during the dry season months usually from May to October. Be sure to call ahead to check with the park itself or tour company.