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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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It’s not hard to see why Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge is a Top End must do! The gorge-ous views and breathtaking walking tracks will impress even the most adventurous of hearts, or maybe you’ll choose to take it easy on a boat cruise with @NitmilukTours. Open year round, the 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 Baruwei lookout at sunrise or sunset! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @carissaspataro. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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A day at Bitter Springs: Soak, float, relax... repeat! 💦 Swimming in the turquoise water of this natural day spa is definitely the stuff of fantasies, NT-style! Located an hour south of #Katherine in Elsey National Park, these spring-fed pools are wonderfully warm and surrounded by tropical woodlands. The jungle-like stream is perfect for floating along on a swimming noodle or tube! If you're visiting the region, make sure you also stop at Mataranka Thermal Pool 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @insta_ines_travels! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Attention glow-getter's! 💫 As the sun starts to rise and the golden light hits the ancient sandstone walls, you know it's going to be another spectacular day at Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge 💛 Open year round, the 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. @NitmilukTours offer a variety of ways to explore this magnificent area; including boat cruises, cultural tours, canoe hire (during the dry season) and helicopter flights 👌 Our tip: check out Baruwei lookout at sunrise or sunset for beautiful views! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @hm_smyth. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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Water you looking at? 😜 While @Australia might be obsessed with beaches, we have something even better in the Top End - spectacular #summer waterfalls 🙌 The glorious waterfall at Southern Rockhole only flows for a limited time during the year... talk about exclusive! This tropical summer gem can be found at Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, an 8 kilometre (return) walk from the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, along the Windolf trail (via Yambi walk). If you're not keen on walking, you can choose to swap the hike for a ferry ride, which brings you within 150 metres of the swimming hole and waterfall. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @h_mac00! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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We recently tagged along with @darwin_style to explore the #Katherine region's hot springs, including the magical Bitter Springs 😍 Hidden amongst palms and pandanus trees, this natural day spa is known for its ridiculously clear water and constant temperature of 32 degrees celsius. Bring along a tube or noodle and float with the current from one end to the other - there's ladders for easy access! These hot springs can be found just outside the small town of #Mataranka, an hour south of #Katherine or four hours from #Darwin. Want to see more of Lisa's adventure? Check out our story and link in bio for the full video 💦👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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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. @ninetofiveevasion 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 piece of paradise an hour south of #Katherine and four hours south of #Darwin. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Joel and Sarah! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Located about 60 kilometres from #Katherine in Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls (Leliyn) rewards those up for a hike. The main pool at the base of the falls is beautiful, but it’s also well worth hiking to the upper pool via the 2.6 kilometre Leliyn loop walk. It ticks all the boxes for Top End swimming heaven: a plunge pool you could swim in for hours; mesmerising rock formations and a scenic walking trail 🙌 Edith Falls has a grassy campground along with a small kiosk if you're keen to stay and explore the area, including the longer Sweetwater Pool hike.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @koojo! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Dreamy dusk scenes in the Top End 💜 Road-tripping through the NT, @elisecook said "there is something about being out here, immersed in the natural world around us, the red earth beneath our feet and the big Outback skies above us". We couldn't have said it better ourselves! The journey from #Darwin to #AliceSprings is easily one of @Australia's most exciting adventures bringing together a world of ancient landscapes, aboriginal culture and endless skies. From the red desert sands of #Uluru, to World Heritage listed #Kakadu National Park and the magnificent Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, the diversity of the NT will astound you 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise! #SeeAustralia

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Found: the perfect place to escape the Monday blues 💙 Rather inappropriately named for such a sweet spot, Bitter Springs is a sandy-bottomed lagoon with startlingly clear water. Located an hour south of #Katherine in Elsey National Park, this natural spring-fed stream is wonderfully warm and surrounded by tropical woodlands. You'll float fancy-free a couple of hundred metres downstream before reaching a ladder at the end, where you can hop out and do it all over again! With goggles you might see freshwater turtles swimming through the reeds, and loads of fish darting about. While the tropical summer is in full swing in the Top End, Bitter Springs is still currently open for swimming - however, we recommend double checking with NT Parks and Wildlife before visiting as it can close suddenly due to flooding at this time of year. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jasoncharleshill! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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