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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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Not another hot springs photo, said no one ever 😜 After re-opening last month, we can't get enough of #Mataranka Thermal Pool! The warm, crystalline waters of the natural pool are not only impossibly blue, they're also said to have the power to soothe aches and pains after a long day on the road. The small town of Mataranka, an hour south of #Katherine, is renowned for its sandy-bottomed thermal pools, pastoral history and as a welcomed stop along the Stuart Highway. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ebsc 👍  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Welcome to Edith Falls (Leliyn) AKA heaven 💦 While the bottom pool is currently closed, the Upper Pool remains open for some seriously awesome wild swimming. You'll find this lesser known spot along the moderate Leliyn Trail (2.6km loop), which climbs into escarpment country through grevillea and spinifex and past several pretty lookouts. Located on the western side of Nitmiluk National Park and 60 kilometres drive north of #Katherine, the falls are a great spot to stay overnight with a scenic bush camp ground and well-appointed kiosk. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jazzyreynolds 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Calling all adventure seekers! We have the ultimate four-wheel drive journey for you - the Arnhem Way 🙌 Considered one of @Australia’s last unspoilt areas, #ArnhemLand is just waiting to be discovered. The Central Arnhem Road starts 50km south of #Katherine and finishes in #Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula. As you travel east you'll be amazed by the changing landscapes, only to be greeted by some of the most pristine and beautiful beaches on Earth. The best time to make this road trip is between May and September and don't forget to get a permit 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @iamsavi! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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We have exciting news... #Katherine Hot Springs has just re-opened for swimming! 💦These natural thermal pools can be found on the banks of the Katherine River, just outside the township, and are an awesome spot to kick back and take in your tropical surrounds. Located only 3 hours' drive south of #Darwin, the Katherine region is the ultimate road trip destination and full of must-see gems such as Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. With the wet season coming to an end and Top End spots re-opening left, right and centre, we can almost taste the dry season! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Are you looking for an awesome day trip adventure at Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge? Pop on your walking shoes, grab your hat and slap on some sunscreen...it's a 8km (return) walk to this piece of wet season heaven 💦 Located towards the top of the first gorge, Southern Rockhole is looking nothing short of stunning following months of rainfall. Your mates are guaranteed to be green with envy over your pics 😉 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @all.about.adventure 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT#JawoynCountry

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Found: A region where you'll never get bored ✅ From boat cruises to scenic flights, swimming spots and walking trails, there's an endless list of things to see and do at Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. Not only is there a heap to do, @NitmilukTours also offers plenty of accommodation options... you can choose from luxury rooms at Cicada Lodge, cute cabins or pitching your tent in the campground - and that's only at the gorge! The township of #Katherine is just a 30 minute drive away with everything you need for the ultimate outback meets the tropics getaway 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @all.about.adventure! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #JawoynCountry

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Are you on the hunt for an adventure that's sure to take your breath away? Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge is waiting 👉 30 minutes' drive from the township of #Katherine. If you're visiting over the wet season, make sure you check out Southern Rockhole, a stunning seasonal waterfall 💦 Located on the Windolf bush-walking track, the rockhole is roughly an eight-kilometre return scenic walk from the car park. It's well worth the hike, we promise! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jodibilske_photographics! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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According to @jonbaxterphoto, "if you’re heading to the NT, don’t miss Nitmiluk!" We couldn't agree more, Jon! 👍 A trip to or through #Katherine wouldn't be complete without a visit to Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge. If you're looking for a cruise-y way to explore this pristine gorge system, you can hop on one of @NitmilukTours' boat tours and learn more about this ancient landscape and the local Jawoyn culture. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Jon!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #JawoynCountry

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There's no need to say see ya to the warmer temperatures here in @TourismTopEnd! While the rest of @Australia are starting to feel the Autumn days, we're still wearing our boardies and thongs 😎 With the dry season fast approaching, we'll soon be enjoying balmy day after balmy day (jealous yet?!) and many of our favourite swimming spots will re-open. At the Mataranka Thermal Pools, springs bubble up at 34 degrees celsius to fill a semi-man made pool of perfectly turquoise water under a shady canopy of stretching palms 💦🏝 Where you can you find this piece of paradise? Only an hour south of #Katherine and four hours south of #Darwin 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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