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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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Just 3.5 hours south of #Darwin, Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge winds along 12 kilometres of sheer rock extending more than 70 metres high. Consisting of 13 separate gorges, it's a maze of waterways sculpted from the sandstone over countless millennia by the Katherine River 🙌 There's a heap of ways to immerse yourself in the history, rugged beauty and culture of this magnificent region including boat cruises, canoeing, walking trails and scenic flights. Hit up @nitmiluktours for some more ideas 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lifeindarwin!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #jawoyncountry

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You can't go past a boat cruise at Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge! It's easy to feel like you're travelling back in time as you cruise through this 13 gorge system, carved from the ancient sandstone country. You can learn more about the cultural significance of the first two gorges on the Nit Nit Dreaming Gorge Cruise, stop in for a dip at Southern Rockhole on the Two Gorge Swim Cruise or take in aboriginal rock art on a cultural safari. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #JawoynCountry

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When someone describes a place as "possibly one of the most secluded and beautiful waterfalls I've been too", you know it's time to book a trip! Southern Rockhole is one of Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge's wet season treasures and a must-see if you're visiting over the tropical summer. Whether you choose to hike from the visitor centre or hop on the ferry to get here, you're sure to be in awe of this magnificent spot - and yes, it really is this colour 😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @macmichaelvalerie!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #JawoynCountry

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Say hello to Bitter Springs, where the water is not only wonderfully warm but also ridiculously clear 💦 Set amongst palms and tropical woodlands, these natural turquoise pools can be found an hour south of #Katherine in Elsey National Park. Discovered by surveyors for the Overland Telegraph Line in the later part of the nineteenth century, Bitter Springs will soon become a highlight of your @TourismTopEnd adventure. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jwatsonpic! #SeeAustralia

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A trip to #Katherine isn't complete without visiting the magnificent Nitmiluk Gorge! Open all year round, it has some of the most stunning gorge scenery in the NT, with raging waterfalls, a myriad of wildlife and breathtaking views of the Jawoyn country. Wondering how to explore this ancient maze of waterways? Take your pick... cruise, canoe, walk, fly or swim. Hit up @NitmilukTours for some more inspiration 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @travellersplanet! #SeeAustralia #NitmilukNT #JawoynCountry

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Turn back the clock as you depart the #Nitmiluk helipad 🚁 Destination: 40,000 years ago. Soaring over Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, you'll not only have a spectacular birds eye view of the gorge system but you'll also be flying over thousands of years of culture and landscape. There are a number of options available, from budget-friendly short flights to once-in-a-lifetime tours landing at remote Jawoyn rock art sites or exclusive swimming spots. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @averyrose_sights! #SeeAustralia#TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #JawoynCountry

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Paradise - found ✅ Elsey National Park, located an hour south of #Katherine, is home to two stunning natural hot springs: Mataranka Thermal Pool (pictured) and Bitter Springs. These warm, crystal-clear pools are the ultimate place to chill out after exploring the nearby walking trails, historic sites or fishing spots 👍  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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"You don't get this living in cities!" Nup, you definitely don't, @kattiejurene! If you're visiting the #Katherine region over the tropical summer, make sure you stop in at Southern Rockhole, one of #Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge's wet season treasures. Take in the lush landscape along the 4 kilometre (one-way) hike to the rockhole or hop on the ferry with @NitmilukTours 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Kattie! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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Looking to explore the Top End? Just three hours' south of #Darwin you'll find the #Katherine region, famous for not only the magnificent Nitmiluk National Park, but also for its rich aboriginal culture, stunning limestone caves and of course, it's natural hot springs. We're talking 34 degree celsius thermal pools surrounded by lush, tropical woodlands - hello, heaven! Located just a short drive from town, #Katherine Hot Springs is not to be missed. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @simin.lee! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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