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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 Curtain’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 me, you and the view 💛 Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge is stunning at any time of the day, but the Baruwei lookout walk is particularly special, especially at sunset. Dreaming about a trip to the NT in the not-too-distant future? 🤞 Tell us who you would like to go with below! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@justjaydoubleyou. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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The stairway to paradise will be waiting for you at #Katherine Hot Springs 💙 ​ ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @timo1.jpg. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Bitter Springs is clear-ly a winner 💦 ​Located an hour south of #Katherine in Elsey National Park, these natural spring-fed pools will be waiting for you as soon as we're able to travel again 💙 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kate.elizabeth.w and @conormoorephotography! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Our thoughts go out to NT tourism operators, locals and travellers at this uncertain time. We’d like to think our account is special, it’s run by locals who believe their Territory backyard is pretty awesome. For now, we’re going to keep posting, because one day, once this is all over, we hope you can come and experience it for yourself. ​ ​In the meantime, sit back, take a break and enjoy the view 💚 This beautiful seasonal swimming hole can be found in Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge. Southern Rockhole is accessible via an 8 kilometre (return) walking trail or by ferry with @nitmiluktours. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @beckymewburn! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine ​

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How's the serenity? 💦 #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 be the ultimate remedy for aches and pains. After floating your worries away, be sure to spend a few days in the @VisitKatherine region, exploring the nearby Nitmiluk National Park. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@chechorleyphoto! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #HolidayHereThisYear

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Weekend adventures for the win! 🤠 While the main pool at Edith Falls/Leliyn is a real beauty, it's definitely well worth wandering up to the lesser known upper plunge pool via the 2.6 kilometre Leliyn loop walk. You might just have it all to yourself 👌 Located only 40 minutes drive north of #Katherine in Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls has a grassy campground along with a small kiosk if you're keen to stick around and explore more. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @allorajoan! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #HolidayHereThisYear

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In case you've never come face to face with the breathtaking #Mataranka Thermal Pool, here's a sneak peek 😍 The small town of Mataranka can be found an hour south of #Katherine, the unofficial gateway to the tropics. These heavenly springs bubble up at 34 degrees to fill a semi-man made pool of perfectly turquoise water under a shady canopy of stretching palms. It's one of three crystal clear hot springs in the region - make sure you also check out Bitter Springs and Katherine Hot Springs 💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jackjrhunt! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The green season is here! You can stop looking... we've found paradise 😍 As far as sweet #summer swimming spots go, they don’t get much better than Southern Rockhole at Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge in @TourismTopEnd! This seasonal waterfall, located in the first gorge of this magnificent 13-gorge system, can be reached via walking trail or ferry with @nitmiluktours. If you need us, we'll be here! 🤠 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @beyond925. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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We've saved you a spot under this wonder-fall! When it comes to sweet swimming spots, you're certainly spoilt for choice in this part of Nitmiluk National Park. Located just 40 minutes' drive from the town of #Katherine, Edith Falls/Leliyn is a nature lovers' paradise with an upper and lower pool, along with a number of walking trails. @beyond925 visited the upper pool for a refreshing dip which is easily reached via the 2.6 kilometre Leliyn Trail loop walk. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Karen!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #HolidayHereThisYear

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