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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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It’s not hard to see why Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge is a Top End must do! The gorge-ous views and breathtaking walking tracks will impress even the most adventurous of hearts, or maybe you’ll choose to take it easy on a boat cruise with @NitmilukTours 👌 Open year round, the region is home to some of the most stunning gorge scenery in the NT. Consisting of 13 separate gorges, this maze of waterways stretches for 12 kilometres and extends more than 70 metres high. Our tip: Check out Pat's Lookout for spectacular views of the first gorge! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

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Get your camera ready - we're flying over Edith Falls (Leliyn)! ​Located roughly 60 kilometres from #Katherine in Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls (Leliyn) rewards those up for a hike. The main pool at the base of the falls is beautiful, but it’s also well worth hiking to the upper pool via the 2.6 kilometre Leliyn loop walk. It ticks all the boxes for Top End swimming heaven: a plunge pool you could swim in for hours; mesmerising rock formations and a scenic walking trail 🙌 Edith Falls has a grassy campground along with a small kiosk if you're keen to stay and explore the area, including the longer Sweetwater Pool hike. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @blakeleighsmith! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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We wouldn't blame you for quietly contemplating quitting your job and hitting the road after seeing this photo! ​Katherine Hot Springs is actual paradise right on the doorstep of the small township of #Katherine, just 3 hours drive south of #Darwin. Best known for its Insta-worthy clear water and pandanus-lined pools, these secluded natural springs pump from deep within the earth at a mild temperature. Not only is this swimming spot ridiculously beautiful, but you can also grab a coffee just moments away at the nearby cafe or pop a picnic blanket down and relax in one of the grassy areas. Might be time to book some leave 😉 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @withsaltypassports! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Get your camera ready - you'll need it cruising through this gorge-ous scenery! As you gently float down Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, you'll discover the cultural significance of the first 2 gorges to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn people. From dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches to pandanus-lined channels, this maze of waterways stretches for 12 kilometres and extends more than 70 metres [email protected] offers a variety of ways to explore this magnificent area; including boat cruises, cultural tours, canoe hire and helicopter flights. @cottonon recently joined the Nabilil Dreaming sunset dinner tour, a spectacular experience combining cruising and a three course candle lit dinner 🙌✨ Check out our IG story to see more of their adventures in the Katherine region! #NTaustralia @cottonon @cottononbody @rubi_anz

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Tell your boss you won't be coming in tomorrow... these heavenly hot springs are waiting for you! 😎 #Mataranka Thermal Pool can be found an hours' drive south of #Katherine, the unofficial gateway to the tropics. These stunning 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 thermal pools in the region - make sure you also check out Bitter Springs and Katherine Hot Springs 💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @scottypass! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Pull up a bar stool to enjoy a drink, a meal and a good old chin wag with a true local at the historic @DalyWatersPub. Clad in corrugated iron, draped with bougainvilleas and crammed with decades of memorabilia, the pub began serving passengers arriving on the new Qantas airline in 1934 and was the first international runway and airport in Australia. As a popular watering hole along the track, the Daly Waters Pub holds a liquor licence that has been in continuous use since 1938. Located just 3 hours south of #Katherine, the pub offers a variety of accommodation ranging from budget rooms to two bedroom cabins. An extensive menu served every night during the dry season includes a range of salads, steaks, lamb, chicken, and best of all fresh local wild caught Territory barramundi and thread fin salmon. You'll soon forget the hustle and pressures of city slicker life at this happy go lucky pub where the daily special is a good dose of outback hospitality 🤠 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@explorewithmegs! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Travel back in time on a boat cruise through Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge... ✨ With the tropical summer months fast approaching, it's the ultimate opportunity to explore a different side to this ancient gorge system. The majestic waterfalls are in full flow, the landscape bursts into life and the sunsets get even better 🙌 Over the next few months you can choose from a number of boat cruises with @NitmilukTours that'll help you to see all of this up close, along with learning about the local aboriginal culture and a swimming option at a seasonal waterfall. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@katiegoldie_! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #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, ​@justinschryver! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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The outback meets the tropics in #Katherine, a big country town three hours drive south of #Darwin on the mighty Katherine River. The jewel of this area is Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, an ancient 13 gorge system that winds it way through the sandstone country. The walks around the gorge are one of the best ways to explore the region, ranging from easy 1-5 kilometre trails to serious full day and overnight hikes. They take you to stunning lookouts, secluded swimming holes, through palm filled valleys and over rocky escarpments. As @mooski_adventures 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. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Amy and Sarah! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

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