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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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Come for the swimming, stay for the photo opportunities 👌 There’s nothing better than relaxing in a natural spa, and they don’t come much better than the free hot springs in the town of #Katherine. Crystal clear and luke warm, surrounded by lush pandanus and monsoon forest, the pools are a favourite spot for locals and travellers.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @prends_tes_tongs_on_se_casse! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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@rachelgrixti may have missed the pool noodle memo when she recently visited Bitter Springs but that didn't stop her from swimming down stream through the crystal clear waters, mermaid-style! You'll find the wild hot springs of Elsey National Park just off the Stuart Highway, an hour south of #Katherine near the small township of #Mataranka. Fringed by shady cabbage tree palms, the soothing turquoise waters peak at 32° celsius 💦 Just a word of warning... you may not want to get out! 😜 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Rachel. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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When you're trying to sneak in a snack without your toddler noticing... 😂 Meet Annabelle and her joey, William, local residents at @TopDidj Cultural Experience near #Katherine. If you're visiting the region, located three hours south of #Darwin, make sure you stop in for their two hour aboriginal cultural experience. Visitors can interact with local artist Manuel Pamkal and learn about the significance of his painting style, traditional weapons and how he lived off the land. Not only can you meet Manuel, you can also say hello to these inquisitive little cuties - two of the Top Didj staff are also wildlife carers so there's always wallabies around! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @j_fidock. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Soaking in the sandy spring-fed thermal pools of Elsey National Park is the stuff of fantasies, NT-style! Located an hour south of #Katherine, the Park's natural baths won't cool you off as such, but the crystal-clear turquoise water shaded by tropical woodland is certainly still an out-of-this-world spot for a dip 🙌 Bitter Springs is definitely the wilder option of the area with a deeper jungle-like stream - perfect for floating along on a swimming noodle or tube! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @carmenhuter. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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If you're ever feeling old, a visit to this 40,000 year old gorge system will certainly help 😜 With ancient sheer cliffs shaped by water and adventure around every corner, Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge is ripe for exploring by paddle. @NitmilukTours offer easy day and overnight tours combined with a relaxing boat cruise through the first gorge. The outback meets the tropics in the Katherine region, roughly 3.5 hours drive south of #Darwin. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @amani_hawa!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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We're coming to you from Edith Falls (Leliyn) at first light 🙌 When it comes to sweet swimming spots, you're certainly spoilt for choice in this part of the Jawoyn-owned Nitmiluk National Park. Located only 40 minutes' drive from the town of #Katherine, the falls are a nature lover's paradise with an upper and lower pool, along with a number of walking trails. There's a kiosk on site and a grassy camp ground if you're keen to stick around and explore more 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @cleocohen!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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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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