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Katherine & Surrounds

Map showing the Katherine and Surrounds region in the NT

Come to where the Outback meets the tropics and discover a region full of gorges and misty waterfalls, thermal springs and ancient cultures.

Nature comes alive at Katherine Gorge as you cruise, canoe or fly along the Gorge by helicopter. Take a more challenging route and hike the Jatbula Trail, or soak it up in luxury at Cicada Lodge.

Learn from the land at Tom Curtin’s Katherine Outback Experience or get a hands-on perspective of indigenous culture with the Top Didj Aboriginal Cultural Experience; both just minutes from the centre of Katherine.

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Get your camera ready - you'll need it on the Nit Nit Dreaming cruise! As you gently float through Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, you'll discover the cultural significance of the first 2 gorges to the traditional landowners - the Jawoyn people. From dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches to pandanus-lined channels, this maze of waterways stretches for 12 kilometres and extends more than 70 metres high. @NitmilukTours offers a variety of ways to explore this magnificent area; including boat cruises, cultural tours, canoe hire and helicopter flights. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @michaelaborgg! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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Crystal clear thermal pools surrounded by paperbark and palm forest... in the middle of the outback?! The NT might have a reputation for being dry and sparse, but hidden amongst its landscapes are oases of emerald waterholes, warm springs and cascading falls. @gattizia recently stopped by #Mataranka Thermal Pool where the springs bubble up at 32 degrees to fill a semi-man made pool of perfectly turquoise water under a shady canopy of tropical woodlands 🙌 Located within Elsey National Park, you can find this magical spot an hour south of #Katherine and four hours south of #Darwin.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Fabiana! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Sit and relax as the tranquil surroundings of Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge transport you back in time... ✨ On @NitmilukTours' Nabilil Dreaming sunset dinner cruise, you'll discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of ancient sandstone walls, changing colour with the setting sun. Following a two-gorge cruise, you'll get to enjoy a three course dinner by starlight as you float along the river system. This amazing experience runs from May to the end of October. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @helloemilie! #SeeAustralia #NitmilukNT #TourismTopEnd

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Meet @KatherineOutbackExperience's newest residents - a litter of border collie pups 😍 You can enjoy a real Aussie experience with @tomcurtainofficial and his wife Annabel, on their property just outside the township of #Katherine. Their 1.5 and 2.5 hour shows provide visitors with a taste of the inner workings of a NT cattle station with real horse-starting, working dog demonstrations and live acoustic music from Tom himself. Whether you're self-driving or travelling on #TheGhan, a stop here is a must!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @greatsthnrail 👍 #KatherineOutbackExperience

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When it comes to serving up tropical beauty with a side of balmy weather, crystal clear water and pandanus-lined pools, it's hard to beat #Katherine Hot Springs! This lesser known spot is one of the more chilled out natural hot springs in the region and can be found only minutes from #VisitKatherine's main street. There are a number of accommodation options nearby if you're keen for an early morning swim like @cleocohen 💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mitch.cox!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The early bird gets the stunning morning light ✨ Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, the jewel of Nitmiluk National Park, brings life to the region through a series of waterways home to ancient rock art sites, seasonal swimming spots and a wide diversity of local wildlife. For spectacular views at sunrise or sunset, take the Baruwei loop walk and stop at the lookout - you might even see a tour boat cruise past!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jasoncharleshill. #SeeAustralia #NitmilukNT #TourismTopEnd

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The ultimate 5 billion star experience... ✨ @ontopofaus recently stayed at #Mataranka Homestead, a popular stopover along the Stuart Highway, roughly an hour south of #Katherine. With close to 100 powered sites and unlimited unpowered sites, it's the ultimate place to camp out and take advantage of the low levels of light pollution - perfect star-gazing conditions! The Homestead borders Elsey National Park and isn't far from the region's warm springs, Mataranka Thermal Pool and Bitter Springs, famed for their crystal clear water. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ontopofaus! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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When it comes to gorges in the NT, emerald water and bush surrounds only tell a fraction of the story. With ancient sheer cliffs and adventure around every corner, Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge is ripe for exploring by paddle. Whether you're looking for an easy day trip or overnighter, you can't beat hitting the river with @NitmilukTours for an up-close view of this dramatic landscape. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jasoncharleshill! #SeeAustralia #NitmilukNT #TourismTopEnd

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Best way to beat the Monday blues? Escape to paradise! If you're road-tripping through @TourismTopEnd, make sure you stop at #Katherine Hot Springs, an unexpected oasis just minutes from the main street 💙 These crystal clear pools are naturally spring-fed and shaded under a canopy of pandanus trees 🍃 If you're keen for a post-swim snack, you can grab a coffee and something to eat at the @poprocketcafe, based onsite. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @goldykilner! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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