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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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Beat the Monday blues with a visit to Southern Rockhole in Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge! This glorious waterfall only flows for a limited time during the year... talk about exclusive! The rockhole can be reached by 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, @noellie_s! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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Today we're chasing waterfalls in @TourismTopEnd 🙌 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 2.6 kilometre Leliyn trail 👉 this circuit walk climbs a hill then drops to cross this pretty pool above the main falls 💦 Perfect for a cool dip mid-hike! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @miss_varanus. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Come for the swimming, stay for the photo opportunities 👌 If you're road-tripping through @TourismTopEnd, make sure you stop at #Katherine Hot Springs, an unexpected oasis just minutes from the main street of town 💙 These crystal clear pools are naturally spring-fed and shaded under a canopy of pandanus trees 🍃 You'll leave feeling like you've spent a day at the spa! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kirrilly_mannell.  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Nothing puts a spring in your step like the crystal clear waters of Bitter Springs! Rather inappropriately named for such a sweet spot, this sandy-bottomed lagoon has startlingly turquoise water 💦💙 Located an hour south of #Katherine in Elsey National Park, the 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. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia @offgridmonkey 👍  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Tell your boss you're not working this weekend... #Katherine Hot Springs officially re-opened for swimming today 😎💦 Located just outside the township of #VisitKatherine, the hot springs are the perfect pit-stop if you're road-tripping through the Top End! These tantalising turquoise pools are naturally spring-fed and shaded under a canopy of pandanus trees 💦 🍃 If you're feeling a bit peckish post-dip, you can grab a bite to eat at the @poprocketcafe, based at the hot springs - they even roast coffee in house! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @edi.bee. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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When the view is so incredible that you need to sit down and take it all in 🙌 The walks around Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge range from easy one to five kilometre walks to serious full day and overnight hikes. They take you to stunning lookouts, secluded swimming holes and waterfalls, through palm filled valleys and over rocky escarpments. As @irinadan_ 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 - perfect for cooling off mid-hike. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Irina!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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Forget the water parks, ditch the public swimming pools, and bid farewell to your sprinkler. It's time to experience wild swimming 🙌 If you’re looking for a dip-worthy swimming spot that’s convenient and easy to get to, this isn’t it. If you’re looking to chase a waterfall that comes with unparalleled beauty and earns you all the bragging rights, then you've come to the right place! Enter 👉 Edith Falls' Upper Pool (Leliyn). The main large pool at the base of the falls is beautiful, but it's well worth hiking to this lesser known spot via the 2.6 kilometre Leliyn loop walk. Located just 40 minutes' drive north of #Katherine in Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls has a grassy campground along with a small kiosk if you're keen to stick around and explore more.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @josemostajo! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Don't put your bathers away just yet, swimming season is year round in the Top End 👙 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, @averyaerial_photography! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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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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