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Nitmiluk National Park

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There are many ways to experience the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park and its world-renowned gorge system - you can walk, swim, canoe, boat or fly.

Walks over the sandstone plateau range from an hour to five days and offer spectacular views of the gorge, as well as other landscapes. Some, like the 58 kilometre Jatbula Trail, take in most of Nitmiluk's landscapes - monsoon rainforest, stone country, upland swamp, woodland and river – while the shorter walks may not be quite so varied, but are always spectacular. You can hire canoes at the gorge, or bring your own. Commercially operated cruises of the gorge system are available, as are helicopter flights.

Rivers rising during December to April can restrict all activities but there is always something to do. Swimming and canoeing are generally only activities for June to November- but are no longer available in the First Gorge. The cruises available vary between the wet and dry seasons. Leliyn (Edith Falls) is another spectacular part of Nitmiluk that is well worth a visit. Leliyn is accessed from the Stuart Highway about 45 kilometres north of Katherine.

Things to see & do in Nitmiluk National Park

  • Information

    Activities

    • National Parks and Reserves
    • Natural Attractions

    Opening times

    Daily 24 hours. The Nitmiluk Visitors Centre is open from 7am to 7pm.

    Entry cost

    Free entry

    Facilities

    • Barbeque
    • Cafe
    • Caravan / Camper Trailer / Campervan Sites / Campsites
    • Carpark
    • Coach Parking
    • Enquiry Desk
    • Family Friendly
    • Food and Refreshments
    • Interpretive Centre
    • Lookouts
    • Picnic Area
    • Public Toilet
    • Restaurant

    Activities

    • Birdwatching
    • Camping
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Swimming
    • Walk
    • Hiking

    Accessibility

    Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)

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  • FAQS

    Can Nitmiluk Gorge be done as a day trip?

    It's possible to take a day trip from Darwin to Nitmiluk Gorge, however a longer stay is recommended. The Gorge is just over 30 minutes drive from Katherine, meaning a day trip from Katherine is certainly possible. If you have more time, stay a few nights to make sure you don't miss out on anything.

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    Do I need any passes or permits to visit Nitmiluk Gorge?

    No passes or permits are required to visit Nitmiluk Gorge, except if you wish to use your own canoe. As always, check with local tourism providers – especially if you plan on camping or fishing.

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    How do I get around Nitmiluk National Park?

    Nitmiluk National Park has a number of attractions, so driving or taking an organised tour are the best ways to see everything. All attractions are accessible with a regular vehicle, a 4WD is not necessary. There are well marked walking tracks in the park, ranging from one hour walks to the five-day Jatbula Trail. When exploring Nitmiluk Gorge you can jump on cruise boat or hire a canoe.

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    How do I get to Nitmiluk Gorge?

    A number of tour operators include Nitmiluk Gorge in their itineraries, it's an easy drive from Darwin or Kakadu National Park. By road, Nitmiluk Gorge is a 4 hour drive south from Darwin on the Stuart Highway. You can take the weekly Ghan train from Adelaide or Alice Springs, or fly into Katherine with Air North. Nitmiluk Gorge is a 30 minute drive on a sealed, all-weather road from Katherine.

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    How far is Nitmiluk Gorge from Katherine?

    Katherine is just 30 minutes' drive from Nitmiluk Gorge. Katherine has an array of excellent accommodation options that suit every budget.

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    What are the major attractions at Nitmiluk Gorge?

    Whether you visit for a day or a week, there's plenty to see and do at Nitmiluk Gorge. Highlights include boat cruises down the gorge, unique tours with local Aboriginal guides, canoeing at the break of day, stunning Aboriginal rock art, and the luxurious accommodation at Cicada Lodge.

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    What should I bring with me to Nitmiluk Gorge?

    Aside from bringing your imagination and ambition to see as much as you can, you should also bring sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, a first aid kit, plenty of water and comfortable walking shoes.

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    When is the best time to visit Nitmiluk Gorge?

    You can visit Nitmiluk Gorge all year-round. The weather between May to October is warm and dry, making it the perfect time for long hikes, canoeing or exploring the region. November to April sees the arrival of the tropical rain, and when the water level rises, jet boats operate cruises on the gorge.

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    Where should I go next from Nitmiluk Gorge?

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