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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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Water you up to this weekend? 💦 We'll be following @jade_elise_collins' example and heading to #Mataranka Thermal Pool. Not only do these springs look incredible but rumour has it that they have the power to soothe aches and pains 😉 The small town of Mataranka is only an hour south of #Katherine and is well known for its sandy-bottomed thermal pools, pastoral history and most importantly, as an essential stop along the Stuart Highway when road-tripping in the Top End! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Jade. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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As far as rail journeys go, they don't get much better than #TheGhan! A unique and awe-inspiring experience, you'll explore the wonders of the country's diverse interior in style and comfort on a 2,979 kilometre journey from #Darwin to Adelaide. Known for its iconic place in Australian history and strong connection to the vast landscape, The Ghan is currently celebrating 90 years of outback adventure 🤠 Having been in operation since 1929, its conception and construction is an epic tale of pioneering endurance. At this time of year, @journeybeyondrail runs The Ghan Expedition over three nights (as opposed to the usual two) with excursions in #Katherine, #AliceSprings and Coober Pedy. @jarradseng and @thehatchling recently embarked on the southbound journey - check out our story to see more of the highlights! #NTaustralia #JourneyBeyond

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Don’t let the name Bitter Springs fool you, this place is pretty darn sweet! 💦 These crystal clear hot springs are located in Elsey National Park, just two kilometres from #Mataranka and a one-hour drive south of #Katherine. The colours of this spot are almost edible, with decadent turquoise blues from the springs set against the alluring green foliage of surrounding tropical woodlands. Feel like a float? Bring your noodle then walk up from the first entry point to enjoy a short and relaxing natural ride down the stream. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @amyrcooper! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Sit back and relax...it's time to take in the afternoon show 😎 The top pick of the short walks from the Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge visitor centre, Baruwei follows the path of a dragonlike Jawoyn Creation Ancestor. There are two options: the 1.8km trail to the lookout for glorious views, or the longer 4.8km loop. Starting with a short, steep climb, the entire loop provides beautiful views over the Katherine River. There are lots of ways to explore this ancient gorge system, located 3.5 hours' from #Darwin, including by kayak, helicopter or boat cruise 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jonny.melon! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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There is nothing quite like the unique sound of a didgeridoo... even this little fella had to come over to get a better listen! If you're planning to visit the #Katherine region, a cultural tour at @topdidj is an absolute must. This amazing experience is led by local artist and guide Manuel, from the Dalabon tribe, who will give you an insight into his culture in a 2.5-hour workshop unlike any other! Manuel will teach you about the significance of his painting style, weapons used and how he lived off the land. The highlight of the tour and what sets it apart from other cultural experiences, is the painting style which is demonstrated by Manuel. You'll even be able to paint your own piece of artwork to take home as their souvenir! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @geoffreidnz! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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How are you spending #WorldBathingDay? If you're road-tripping through @TourismTopEnd, make sure you stop at #Katherine Hot Springs, an unexpected oasis just minutes from the main street 💙 These crystal clear pools are naturally spring-fed and shaded under a canopy of pandanus trees 🍃 Tip: If you visit early in the morning, you might just have the whole place to yourself! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mitch.cox. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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#Mataranka’s crystal-clear thermal pool, surrounded by paperbark and palm forest, can be found in Elsey National Park, an hour south of #Katherine. The warm turquoise water, dappled by light filtered through overhanging pandanus, is said to have the power to soothe aches and pains after a day on the road 🙌 After a leisurely dip, continue your hot springs tour at nearby Bitter Springs, another natural sandy-bottomed lagoon in the Mataranka region. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jordaaaan_! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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When it comes to serving up tropical beauty with a side of balmy weather, crystal clear water and pandanus-lined pools, it's hard to beat #Katherine Hot Springs! 🌴 Tucked away on the banks of the Katherine River, just minutes from #Katherine's main street, these natural springs pump from deep within the earth at a mild temperature. Free to visit, you could easily spend the day here! Our post-dip tip: Pack a picnic lunch and hang out at one of the grassy areas or grab something to eat at the @poprocketcafe nearby. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @sarahbyden! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Never met a view we didn't like in @TourismTopEnd 😍🙌@the_freedom_traveler recently found her "happy place" at #Mataranka Thermal Pool 💦 Before you ask, yes that clear turquoise water is real life 👉 and it's the perfect place to rest your weary muscles after a day on the road! Located in Elsey National Park, roughly an hour south of #Katherine, you'll find walking trails, camping areas and a fascinating history dating back to the early 1900's. Tip: After you've visited this spot, head to Bitter Springs, roughly 10 minutes' away, for another hit of heaven! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Helena and @clombardiseijo. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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