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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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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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According to @_aswewander, Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge "needs to be experienced from both above and below!" One of the best ways to explore the gorge system and surrounding escarpment is via the Southern Walks, a network of trails that begin near the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre. The 8.4 kilometre return Windolf walk offers sweeping views of the first gorge from Pat's Lookout and seasonal swimming at Southern Rockhole down below - winning!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Luke and Jess 👍 #SeeAustralia #NitmilukNT #TourismTopEnd

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On a recent visit to Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, @helloemilie hopped on an early morning helicopter flight - destination: 40,000 years ago! The Jawoyn Rock Art tour takes you deep into the heart of the Dreamtime to an amazing Jawoyn art site. You'll learn more about the traditional owners of the region and the secrets of this ancient land. There's a chance for a refreshing swim in a hidden waterhole before flying back over the rugged stone country and all 13 gorges 🙌 Not a bad way to start the day! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Emilie 💛 #SeeAustralia #NitmilukNT

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The big question is not whether you should experience the world famous Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, but how?! Do you walk, canoe, boat or fly around this ancient 12km-long gorge system? Often described as 13 gorges, Nitmiluk is actually one long continuous gorge turning left and right along fault lines and separated during the dry season by rock bars and rapids. Carved out of the sandstone cliffs of the Katherine River over thousands of years, its an area steeped in the culture of the traditional owners – the Jawoyn. Located 3.5 hours south of #Darwin, this is one NT region you certainly won't want to miss!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jasoncharleshill.  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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Don't let its rocky exterior fool you, Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge has a heart of gold 💛 This magnificent maze of waterways is home to some of @Australia's most stunning gorge scenery and walking trails. @melissafindley and her mates recently wandered up to Baruwei lookout and watched the sun go down over the first gorge - they certainly weren't disappointed by the view 😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Melissa! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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When the scenes underwater are just as stunning as the one's above the surface! @cleocohen recently stopped by Bitter Springs, one of the most magical swimming spots in #TourismTopEnd! Hidden amongst palms and pandanas trees, this natural thermal pool is known for its ridiculously clear water and constant temperature of 32 degrees celsius. This little oasis is tucked away in the small township of Mataranka, an hour south of #Katherine and four hours’ south of #Darwin. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Cleo! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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We certainly know how to do 'winter' in the Top End, hey @cleocohen! ☀️ With two swimming spots, grassy camp sites and a kiosk onsite, Edith Falls (Leliyn) is the ultimate place to take advantage of the balmy dry season temperatures. Located 40 minutes' drive from #Katherine, in the western area of Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls is a nature lover's paradise - make sure you check out the 2.6km Leliyn trail 👉 this circuit walk ascends a hill then drops to cross the upper pool above the main falls 💦 There's nothing like an early morning dip to start the day! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Cleo.  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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