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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 Curtain’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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Hot springs straight outta heaven! 💦 Surrounded by tropical bliss, #Katherine Hot Springs is the perfect place to unwind over the dry season. This series of crystal clear pools is just like one big bath that heats to between 25-30 degrees celsius. Only a three-hour drive south of #Darwin, #Katherine is a small town with big attractions. #Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, Edith Falls (Leliyn) and so much more! ​Our post-dip tip: Pack a picnic lunch and hang out at one of the grassy areas or grab something to eat at the @poprocketcafe nearby. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@kyle_hunter. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Gorge yourself on adventure in @VisitKatherine! 😉 Hop in a canoe at Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge and paddle down the ancient river system, spotting wildlife, hidden waterfalls and Aboriginal rock art. All canoe adventures begin with a scenic journey by boat through the first gorge before canoeists take to the waters to explore the second gorge and beyond. With dramatic cliffs extending more than 70 metres high in some parts, you'll be blown away by this magnificent maze of waterways 😍 ​​@NitmilukTours offer a number of ways to experience this special spot, located 30 minutes' drive from the township of #Katherine. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jarradseng. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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We're coming to you from turquoise paradise... otherwise known as Bitter Springs 💙 This slice of heaven is located in Elsey National Park, an hour south of #Katherine. You can rent a foam pool noodle from the local caravan park to help keep you afloat as you drift through the crystal clear water, before hopping out at the ladder and heading back to the beginning to do it all over again! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mrsreginapreston. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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You don't have to travel far to get your nature fix in @TourismTopEnd! 🍃 Located only 40 minutes north of #Katherine in Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls (Leliyn) is a water lovers paradise 💙 The upper pool is the epitome of wild swimming with cool cascades and pretty bush land surrounds - well worth the 2.6km loop walk! With a grassy campground and kiosk onsite, there's every reason to stick around and enjoy this gorgeous location. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @__kiarajade. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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There’s nothing better than relaxing in a spa bath, and they don’t come much better than the free natural hot springs in #Katherine. Crystal clear and luke warm, surrounded by lush pandanus and monsoon forest, the pools are a firm favourite with locals and travellers alike. If you're keen for a post-swim snack, you can grab a coffee and something to eat at nearby @poprocketcafe. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@wearelocals_darwin. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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We’re coming to you from Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge on one of our favourite days of the year - #TerritoryDay! Territory Day marks the NT achieving self-government on 1 July, 1978. It’s also a chance to celebrate the Territory’s amazing backyard, larrikin locals and laidback lifestyle 🌴☀️ Talk about perfect timing – guess what landed on Netflix today? @topendweddingmovie! 💍 Starring our very own @misstap! If you’re thinking about a trip to the Top End, this 2019 movie will well and truly have you packing your bags. Open year round, the Katherine region is home to some of the most stunning gorge scenery in the NT. Consisting of 13 separate gorges, this maze of waterways stretches for 12 kilometres and extends more than 70 metres high. Our tip: Check out Pat's Lookout for spectacular views of the first gorge! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @shall.be.better. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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​Sometimes, it's just best to go with the flow 💦 Bitter Springs, an hour south of #Katherine, lies tucked inside the frond-filled Elsey National Park. If ever there were a ‘wild swim’, this would be it. Adventurous? Check. Off the beaten track? Check. These winding hot springs are so beautiful that they could easily be described as blue-and-emerald heaven on earth. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ally.photog. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Welcome to nature's very own adventure playground 🙌 The upper pool at Edith Falls (Leliyn) is the epitome of wild swimming with cool cascades and pretty bush land surrounds. ​​In the #Katherine region, lucky locals can now enjoy a number of spots in Nitmiluk National Park, with swimming open again at Edith Falls (Leliyn) and Southern Rockhole. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @pierorsin. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Care to join us for a virtual dip in paradise? The NT is home to an abundance of spectacular swimming spots, from heavenly hot springs in @TourismTopEnd to outback waterholes in @VisitCentralAus. Rest assured, they'll all be waiting for you when travel permits, including #Mataranka Thermal Pool, located only an hour south of #Katherine. This magical sandy-bottomed pool is filled with fresh spring water bubbling up at 34 degrees celsius 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @powershala. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine ​

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