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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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Spotted: The seasonal waterfall at Southern Rockhole! This glorious waterfall only flows for a limited time over the wet season - talk about exclusive! The tropical summer gem can be found at Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, 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, @anaantonovna! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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We've found the stairway to heaven 💦 Soaking in the turquoise water at Bitter Springs is the stuff of fantasies, NT-style! Located an hour south of #Katherine in Elsey National Park, these natural spring-fed pools are wonderfully warm and surrounded by tropical woodlands. The jungle-like stream is perfect for floating along on a swimming noodle or tube! If you're visiting the region, make sure you also stop at Mataranka Thermal Pool 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @hm_weir. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Ancient sandstone country, tropical woodlands and rich aboriginal culture... yep, we're talking about Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge! 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 - perfect for cooling off mid-hike! Check out our story to see @darwin_style's recent adventure here 👌#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Without further ado, here's our Most Popular Instagram Post of 2018! Thank you for coming with us on this journey - we look forward to another year of showing off our amazing NT backyard 🙌 Hope to see you in 2019 😉 In January, we wrote: 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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#Katherine Hot Springs is the ultimate natural bath 💦 The water here naturally heats to between 25-30 degrees celsius 🙌 These crystal clear pools are tucked away on the banks of the Katherine River and pump from deep within the earth. Free to visit, you could easily spend the day here! Located just over a three-hour drive south of #Darwin, #VisitKatherine is a small town with a big list of must-see's, including the spectacular Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_aswewander! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Waterfall season is here! 💦 Southern Rockhole, in Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, is a great example of the spectacular waterfalls you get to see over the Top End wet season. This tropical summer gem can be found four kilometres from the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, along the Windolf trail (via Yambi walk). If you're not up for the walk, 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, @thomasfrancillard! #SeeAustralia #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

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We'll start every day like this, thanks! @kevin_lxxii recently hopped on an early morning cruise with @NitmilukTours through Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge. The dawn tour is a nature lover's dream - see the mist rising above the smooth water’s surface, hear the wildlife stirring from the night and breathe the crisp clean air 🙌 As you gently float through the first two gorges of this magnificent gorge system, you'll learn more about the cultural significance of the area to the traditional owners - the Jawoyn people. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Kevin! #SeeAustralia #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

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Is this the ultimate #picnic spot? We think so! Hidden amongst palms and pandanus trees you'll find Bitter Springs, known for its ridiculously clear water and constant temperature of 32 degrees celsius. Bring along a tube or noodle and float with the current from one end to the other - there's ladders for easy access! These natural springs can be found just outside the small town of #Mataranka, an hour south of #Katherine or four hours from #Darwin. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style! #SeeAustralia #TerritoryTaste

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Turquoise water surrounded by tropical woodlands... yep, we've found paradise! This is the magical #Katherine Hot Springs, located just minutes from the township of #VisitKatherine in @TourismTopEnd. Tucked away on the banks of the Katherine River, these natural springs pump from deep within the earth at a mild temperature. You could easily spend the day here exploring the series of pools! Our tip: hang out at one of the grassy areas with a picnic lunch or grab something to eat at the @poprocketcafe nearby. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @patsythepatrol!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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