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Top 10 beautiful places to visit in Katherine NT

If you’re like me and hate the cold – I reckon Katherine is the perfect destination and I have compiled a list of 10 places worth the visit.

  1. The Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge
    Here you can experience the world-famous gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Canoe up the gorge and spot hidden waterfalls, Aboriginal rock art and the local wildlife. Or if you’re up for the easier version jump aboard a cruise. You can swim between sheer cliffs and camp on the sandy freshwater beaches. The Nitmiluk Visitor Centre also lists the icon’s significance for the Jawoyn Aboriginal people.

2. Walk the Jatbula Trail
Get your good (comfortable) walking shoes on and visit one of the worlds best bushwalks, the five-day (and 58km) Jatbula trail takes in waterfalls, monsoon rainforest, stone country and Aboriginal rock art, camping right next to swimming holes. This track starts at Nitmiluk Visitor Centre and ends at Edith Falls where palm-fringed plunge pool is a handy reward for the hike. Permits to hike the trail do sell out fast, so book in advance.

3. Cultural Experiences in Katherine
Join a two-hour cultural experience with a local Aboriginal man Manuel Pamkal at Top Diji. Pamkal will teach you the Rare painting (cross hatch) technique and to paint your own art to take home. You’ll also learn how to light a fire from sticks, having a go at throwing a boomerang and spear throwing. Afterwards, stroll through the Katherine Art Gallery, which has one of the areas best Aboriginal art collections.

4. The Katherine Outback Experience
Joining award-winning country music artist and horseman Tom Curtain. He has a 90-minute show that will give you a fun and quick taste of life in a real outback Australian cattle station. Tom breaks in wild horses and he can also show how his clever working dogs muster cattle. During the show, Tom preforms his country music and tells stories about the bush.

Source: Tom Curtain

5. Wonder the Elsey National Park
About an hours drive out of Katherine, and known for The Australian novel ‘We of the Never Never’ – Aeneas Gunn. Elsey has warm turquoise water of the nearby Mataranka Thermal Pool it is surrounded by pandanus, paperbarks and palm forest. Then walk into Bitter Springs, another amazing spring-fed thermal pool set along palms and tropical woodlands.

Source: Mataranka

6. Head underground at the Cutta Cutta Caves
Boardwalk down through the Cutta Cutta Caves one of Australia’s only tropical limestone cave systems, a short drive south of Katherine. Here you’ll find Stalactites of all shapes and sizes sprouting from the ceiling and crystals that look like spun sugar along the walls. The caves shelter the rare ghost bats and horseshoe bats (Guided one-hour tours run daily.)

7. The Katherine Hit Springs
After a long and busy day exploring, it’s time to relax those muscles in the clear water of Katherine Hot Springs on the banks of the Katherine River. Located just outside the Katherine township. Walk the raised walking path to the viewing platform where you can see the source of the spring water. The water is constant at a lovely 25-30 degrees – perfect all year round.

8. Discover old treasures!!
In an original WWII air terminal, the Katherine Museum preserves a long and mixed collection of Aboriginal artefacts, photographs, furniture, maps, tools and pioneer memorabilia. The overland Telegraph display of objects dating back to 1872. You’ll also see the planetarium made by a Russian peanut farmer and the first flying doctor, Dr Clyde Fenton’s De Havilland Gypsy Moth plane he flew in the 1930s.

9. Mimi Aboriginal Arts and Crafts
You can buy Aboriginal art ethically at Katherine’s Mimi Aboriginal Arts and Crafts, an Aboriginal-owned, not-for-profit art centre. Paintings star in the gallery, which represents artist in the Katherine area (a region of 380,000 square kilometres). There is a range of locally designed luggage items as well as didgeridoos, wooden plates, boomerangs, fabric pieces and postcards. The gallery is names after the Mimi Spirits, an important part of Aboriginal beliefs.

10. Dine under the stars
As the heading says; dine under the stars with some Aussie bush tucker at the Marksie’s Stockman’s Camp in the grounds of the Katherine Art Gallery. Meet Marksie’ a true NT character with stories that’ll make you laugh! There you’ll enjoy a traditional camp oven meal by the campfire. With sing-along songs, damper on a stick (bush version of ice-cream) and a billy spinning competition.

These are 10 places are sure to be fun for the whole family – make sure to check websites (links attached) for covid updates, visiting days and hours.