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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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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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It might be called Bitter Springs, but trust us, there's nothing bitter about this heavenly swimming spot! While these natural hot springs look pretty damn impressive from the air, believe it or not, they're even more magical from down below. We're talking crystal clear 34 degree celsius turquoise water surrounded by tropical woodlands... have you mentally added it to the top of your bucket list yet? Located just outside the small #TourismTopEnd town of #Mataranka, an hour south of #Katherine, they're often a sweet surprise for travellers along the Stuart Highway. There are a handful of cabin and camping accommodation options nearby if you're keen to explore more of Elsey National Park 👍  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mitch.cox!

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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 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, @mitch.cox! #SeeAustralia #NitmilukNT

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Welcome to #Katherine Hot Springs... or as @elisehalina calls it, "the coolest little hideout" 💦 Located just minutes from the middle of town, travellers are often amazed when they first visit these unexpected crystal clear springs. Concealed by pandanus trees, the pools are pumped from deep within the earth at a mild temperature - they're pure paradise to swim in during the dry season!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Psst! We bet you haven't heard of #LimmenNationalPark... with striking sandstone formations, numerous river systems and wetlands, it offers the ultimate remote park experience. Located in the Gulf region, about 275km south-east of #Katherine, Limmen is home to the ancient Western and Southern Lost Cities. Twice as old as Uluru, the Lost Cities are what is left of an ocean floor laid down 1.4 billion years ago, making the sandstone towers some of the oldest rocks in the world 🙌 Camping is available throughout the park but you'll need to be fully self-reliant, so make sure you do your research before visiting! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @quanshuyen 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Work experience kids are getting younger and younger, hey @aroundq! 😂 If you're visiting #Katherine, make sure you stop in at @TopDidj for their two and half hour aboriginal culture experience. Visitors can interact with Top End aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal and ask questions about aboriginal culture whilst being educated on the significance of his painting style, weapons used and how he lived off the land. Not only can you meet Manuel, you can also say hello to these inquisitive little fellas - two of the Top Didj staff are also wildlife carers so there's always joey wallabies around!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Q 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Here's one to add to the #weekend bucket list 👉 #Katherine Hot Springs (aka heaven) in @TourismTopEnd, 3 hours south of #Darwin. If you're visiting the Katherine region, this hidden oasis is only five minutes drive from the main township - winning! The natural springs comprise of several warm crystal clear pools, so you can pick your own spot and then just lay back and relax 👌 This isn't the only hot springs in the area... just an hour down the road you'll also find Bitter Springs and Mataranka Thermal Pool 💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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As the sun starts to dip and the golden light hits the ancient sandstone walls, you know the afternoon show is about to begin 💛 Open all year round, Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge features 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 offers a variety of ways to explore this magnificent area; including boat cruises, cultural tours, canoe hire and helicopter flights 👌 Our tip: check out Baruwei lookout at sunset for beautiful views!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style! #SeeAustralia

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