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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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Pull up a bar stool to enjoy a drink, a meal and a good old chin wag with a true local at the historic @DalyWatersPub. Clad in corrugated iron, draped with bougainvilleas and crammed with decades of memorabilia, the pub began serving passengers arriving on the new Qantas airline in 1934 and was the first international runway and airport in Australia. As a popular watering hole along the track, the Daly Waters Pub holds a liquor licence that has been in continuous use since 1938. Located just 3 hours south of #Katherine, the pub offers a variety of accommodation ranging from budget rooms to two bedroom cabins. An extensive menu served every night during the dry season includes a range of salads, steaks, lamb, chicken, and best of all fresh local wild caught Territory barramundi and thread fin salmon. You'll soon forget the hustle and pressures of city slicker life at this happy go lucky pub where the daily special is a good dose of outback hospitality 🤠 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@explorewithmegs! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Travel back in time on a boat cruise through Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge... ✨ With the tropical summer months fast approaching, it's the ultimate opportunity to explore a different side to this ancient gorge system. The majestic waterfalls are in full flow, the landscape bursts into life and the sunsets get even better 🙌 Over the next few months you can choose from a number of boat cruises with @NitmilukTours that'll help you to see all of this up close, along with learning about the local aboriginal culture and a swimming option at a seasonal waterfall. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@katiegoldie_! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

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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! 🌴 Tucked away on the banks of the Katherine River, just minutes from #Katherine's main street, these natural springs pump from deep within the earth at a mild temperature. Free to visit, you could easily spend the day here! 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, ​@justinschryver! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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The outback meets the tropics in #Katherine, a big country town three hours drive south of #Darwin on the mighty Katherine River. The jewel of this area is Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, an ancient 13 gorge system that winds it way through the sandstone country. The walks around the gorge are one of the best ways to explore the region, ranging from easy 1-5 kilometre trails to serious full day and overnight hikes. They take you to stunning lookouts, secluded swimming holes, through palm filled valleys and over rocky escarpments. As @mooski_adventures discovered, the 8.4 kilometre return Windolf walk is well worth your while, offering sweeping views of the first gorge from Pat's Lookout, along with seasonal swimming at Southern Rockhole down below. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Amy and Sarah! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

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Soaking in the sandy spring-fed thermal pools of Elsey National Park is the stuff of fantasies, NT-style! Though nearby Mataranka Thermal Pool gets more hype, the lesser-known Bitter Springs has it all: tropical woodlands, a jungle-like stream and crystal clear water 💦🤩 Bring along a tube or noodle and float with the current from one end to the other - there's ladders for easy access! Just an hour south of #Katherine and moments from the small township of #Mataranka, this little piece of paradise is only a five minute walk from the car park. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jade_elise_collins! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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​Turn back the clock as you paddle your way through Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge. Destination: 40,000 years ago... 🙌 Whether you're looking for an easy day trip or an overnighter, you can't beat hitting the river for an up-close view of the region. 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, it's hard not to be blown away by this magnificent maze of waterways 😍 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @terrible.kids! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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This is the photo you send to everyone down south as they suffer through that thing called 'winter'! 🌴☀️ Surrounded by tropical bliss, #Katherine Hot Springs is the perfect place to unwind over the dry season (May-September). This series of crystal clear pools is like one big bath that heats to between 25-30 degrees celsius. Just 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! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jonny.melon. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Water you up to this weekend? 💦 We'll be following @jade_elise_collins' example and heading to #Mataranka Thermal Pool. Not only do these springs look incredible but rumour has it that they have the power to soothe aches and pains 😉 The small town of Mataranka is only an hour south of #Katherine and is well known for its sandy-bottomed thermal pools, pastoral history and most importantly, as an essential stop along the Stuart Highway when road-tripping in the Top End! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Jade. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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As far as rail journeys go, they don't get much better than #TheGhan! A unique and awe-inspiring experience, you'll explore the wonders of the country's diverse interior in style and comfort on a 2,979 kilometre journey from #Darwin to Adelaide. Known for its iconic place in Australian history and strong connection to the vast landscape, The Ghan is currently celebrating 90 years of outback adventure 🤠 Having been in operation since 1929, its conception and construction is an epic tale of pioneering endurance. At this time of year, @journeybeyondrail runs The Ghan Expedition over three nights (as opposed to the usual two) with excursions in #Katherine, #AliceSprings and Coober Pedy. @jarradseng and @thehatchling recently embarked on the southbound journey - check out our story to see more of the highlights! #NTaustralia #JourneyBeyond

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