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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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#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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Beat the Monday blues with a visit to Southern Rockhole in Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge! This glorious waterfall only flows for a limited time during the year... talk about exclusive! The rockhole can be reached by 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, @noellie_s! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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Today we're chasing waterfalls in @TourismTopEnd 🙌 With two swimming spots, grassy camp sites and a kiosk onsite, Edith Falls (Leliyn) is the ultimate place to take advantage of the balmy dry season temperatures. Located 40 minutes' drive from #Katherine, in the western area of Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls is a nature lover's paradise. Make sure you check out the 2.6 kilometre Leliyn trail 👉 this circuit walk climbs a hill then drops to cross this pretty pool above the main falls 💦 Perfect for a cool dip mid-hike! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @miss_varanus. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Come for the swimming, stay for the photo opportunities 👌 If you're road-tripping through @TourismTopEnd, make sure you stop at #Katherine Hot Springs, an unexpected oasis just minutes from the main street of town 💙 These crystal clear pools are naturally spring-fed and shaded under a canopy of pandanus trees 🍃 You'll leave feeling like you've spent a day at the spa! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kirrilly_mannell.  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Nothing puts a spring in your step like the crystal clear waters of Bitter Springs! Rather inappropriately named for such a sweet spot, this sandy-bottomed lagoon has startlingly turquoise water 💦💙 Located an hour south of #Katherine in Elsey National Park, the natural spring-fed stream is wonderfully warm and surrounded by tropical woodlands. You'll float fancy-free a couple of hundred metres downstream before reaching a ladder at the end, where you can hop out and do it all over again! With goggles you might see freshwater turtles swimming through the reeds, and loads of fish darting about. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia @offgridmonkey 👍  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Tell your boss you're not working this weekend... #Katherine Hot Springs officially re-opened for swimming today 😎💦 Located just outside the township of #VisitKatherine, the hot springs are the perfect pit-stop if you're road-tripping through the Top End! These tantalising turquoise pools are naturally spring-fed and shaded under a canopy of pandanus trees 💦 🍃 If you're feeling a bit peckish post-dip, you can grab a bite to eat at the @poprocketcafe, based at the hot springs - they even roast coffee in house! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @edi.bee. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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When the view is so incredible that you need to sit down and take it all in 🙌 The walks around Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge range from easy one to five kilometre walks to serious full day and overnight hikes. They take you to stunning lookouts, secluded swimming holes and waterfalls, through palm filled valleys and over rocky escarpments. As @irinadan_ discovered, the 8.4 kilometre return Windolf walk is well worth your while, offering sweeping views of the first gorge from Pat's Lookout, along with seasonal swimming at Southern Rockhole down below - perfect for cooling off mid-hike. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Irina!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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