Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk): Canoeing and Hiking

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Katherine's first throat

About 310 km from Darwin, the town of Katherine is a transit point on the road to the South or West.

About thirty kilometers from the center is the Katherine Gorge Natural Park, called Nitmiluk by the Aborigines of the Jawoyn tribe living in the region.

The park covers over 290 hectares of bushland around the thirteen gorges carved by the Katherine River into the sandstone.


The surrounding "bush" is a good example of the typical landscapes of Australia's Top End, with its eucalyptus and acacia trees.


The best season to visit is between May and September, because during the rainy season floods are frequent and sometimes violent, making the park inaccessible.

Favorite activity note: Cruise on Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park

Katherine's Third Throat

Katherine Gorge is an accessible place and very popular with visitors.

The main campsite at the entrance is often crowded, but with a bit of time and organization you can find quiet, solitary places in the park where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the bush.

Past the first two gorges, we realize the wild beauty of the place.

The easiest way to discover the gorges is by boat cruise, but this one only visits the first gorges.

For sports enthusiasts, renting a canoe for the day is recommended, as this formula allows you to discover more remote places and go at your own pace.

The more adventurous will choose to spend a night in one of the bush campsites set up further.

In the dry season, there are sometimes a few hundred meters of canoe portage.


evening atmosphere


Katherine Gorge Park also offers a hundred kilometers of marked hiking trails.


In 5 days and 66 km, it is possible to reach Edith Falls.

In two days and 40 km, you can push to the eighth gorge to admire beautiful examples of Aboriginal rock art.

Hikers must register at the office of by this a good organization is advised before embarking on it.


Katherine Gorge is a good introduction to the Australian bush and allows you to combine nature sports with the discovery of geology and Aboriginal culture.

Without forgetting that there is no shortage of swimming opportunities: take advantage of them, here there are only harmless freshwater crocodiles!

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