Katherine Outback Experience
If you've checked out the stunning surrounds and are wondering what to do in Katherine, look no further than the Katherine Outback Experience. Watch local hero Tom Curtain break-in young horses and put on a working dog show, before entertaining the audience with a couple of Aussie country hits.
While it's easy to be tempted by the luxury of some of the Territory's hotels and the beauty of its natural environment, the Katherine Outback Experience gives you an insight into what life is really like for Territorians working up a sweat on remote cattle stations.
Top Didj Cultural Experience
The Top Didj Cultural Experience paints a picture of what life was like for the first Australians - you'll love tour operator Manuel, whose magnetic personality brings the whole experience to life. There's also an excellent Aboriginal art gallery, featuring some of the best art in Australia, where you can also paint your own masterpiece.
For those more inclined toward the great outdoors, you can learn to light a fire the traditional Australian way – an invaluable skill in the bush. Then perfect your Woomera and spear-throwing skills, before seeing if you can hit your target – a fake kangaroo!
Nitmiluk Tours – helicopter tour
The only thing more stunning than seeing Nitmiluk National Park up close is seeing it from the air. With a Nitmiluk Helicopter Tour, you can take in all the essential sights in the National Park while also getting a sense of its sprawling majesty as it stretches out towards the horizon.
Choose between a three-gorge, eight-gorge or thirteen-gorge tour, taking in rocky outcrops, native wildlife and a number of flowing waterfalls. Despite the apparent luxury of your own helicopter tour, the costs are affordable – particularly for an adventure you'll remember forever.
Nitmiluk Tours - Nabilil Dreaming Katherine Gorge Sunset Dinner Cruise
Another one of the excellent options from Nitmiluk Tours is the Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner Cruise. This 3.5-hour cruise takes in all of the majesty of Katherine Gorge while you enjoy a three-course meal of local delicacies cooked right there on the boat – along with a complimentary glass of sparkling Australian wine.
Whether it’s a romantic cruise with your significant other, a solo jaunt through the Aussie wilderness, or a chance to experience something truly extraordinary with family, the Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner Cruise is not to be missed.
Nitmiluk Tours - Katherine Gorge Canoe hire
If you fancy yourself as an adventurous, do-it-yourself type, then hiring a canoe and heading through Katherine Gorge is the experience for you. When hiring your vessel you'll be able to tap the brains of your experienced local guide, meaning the best canoe trails – including a couple of local secrets – are just down the stream.
But before planning a trip, be sure to check out the river levels – canoeing through the gorge will not be available during periods of flooding.
Do it yourself: exploring Katherine's surrounds
Tours are a great way to kick back and save the energy of organising, but a do-it-yourself trek across the Territory lets you channel your inner explorer and carve your own journey. Katherine is just 3 hours from both Darwin and Kakadu National Park, meaning there are heaps of options for self-drive tours. Pack petrol, water and all your essentials, and head out on the road trip of a lifetime. Take all the time you need!
Mataranka Thermal Pool and Bitter Springs: NT likes it hot!
If you feel like taking a day trip from Katherine, the Elsey National Park – including Mataranka and Bitter Springs – is just the ticket. The distance from Katherine to Mataranka isn’t far - the drive takes just one hour, so there's no need to get up before the sun does (although the Territory sunrise is always spectacular).
As always, let someone know where you are off to, take much more water and petrol than you think you're going to need, and bring something to snack on – although there are food options along the way to the swimming spots. Don't forget your bathing suit, although be sure to double check that the springs are open for swimming, as they are likely to be closed during times of flooding.
Both Mataranka and Bitter Springs are natural thermal pools, running at a guaranteed 34 degrees all year round, making them a great place to unwind and relax the muscles after a day of exploring. There are also a number of walks in and around the Elsey National Park.
After a long day of swimming and relaxing – where you've surely worked up quite an appetite – head back towards Katherine for a feed (and maybe a beer or a wine).