2 days - 1 week
Darwin to Katherine and surrounds to Darwin
Best in dry season June - September
320kms south-east of Darwin with some of the most stunning desert and national park sights in the Northern Territory, if Katherine isn’t on your bucket list – add it now!
From deep gorges surrounded by stunning sandstone cliffs to hot springs for a weary soul, you can do Katherine and surrounds in as little as two days or take your time to meander through this amazing part of Australia.
Discovered back in the 19th century, Bitter Springs is a favourite with many travellers. Located within Elsey National Park, just over an hour south of Katherine out of the town of Mataranka, you won’t want to leave these spring-fed thermal pools. Perfect to relax after driving or exploring the national park. Don’t forget an underwater camera for this one!
Katherine Hot Springs
You don’t need to go too far out of Katherine for this simple way to relax and enjoy the surrounds. Located just minutes from the Victoria Highway running through the middle of Katherine, the hot springs are located on the side of the Katherine River. Averaging out at 32 degrees, the springs are perfect for the cooler months during the dry season. Picnic by the springs and take a walk along the river to the Katherine Low Level Nature Reserve.
Katherine is the fourth largest town in the Northern Territory and is essentially where the outback meets the tropics. The town is also a central stopping point on the Savannah Way, the highway that stretches from Cairns in Queensland through to Broome in Western Australia. Originally established as an outpost for the Australian Overland Telegraph Line, Katherine has grown to become a tourism hub, especially for those wanting to explore the surrounding National Parks and gorges. There is plenty to see and do in Katherine including spotting a huge array of birds and wildlife, fishing for Barramundi and spotting the fresh and saltwater crocs in the Katherine river systems.
Located within the Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls is home to some wonderful camping spots, or just stop for the day and walk some of the Jatbula Trail and have a swim (the size of the lower pool at the base of Edith Falls is amazing!). The Leliyn Trail is a steep and rocky 2.6km walk with a chance to stop for a swim in the upper pool of Leliyn/Edith Falls, while there is also a 9km return walk to Sweetwater Pool where you can relax around the swimming hole.
Nitmiluk National Park
Rock art sites, cruise the gorges at sunrise or sunset, hire a canoe, fish, camp or take a helicopter ride to a hard to reach gorge for a swim, Nitmiluk National Park is simply a must-do when you visit Katherine. Nitmiluk Gorge is just under a half hr drive from the town of Katherine, and from here you can check out a range of lookouts and photography spots including Baruwei Lookout, Southern Rockhole, and Butterfly Gorge. Take some time to spot the local wildlife or join in on a ranger-guided activity.
Katherine and the surrounding areas is the perfect destination on your Northern Territory trip.
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