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Your Katherine holiday awaits

There’s so much to do in Katherine

Katherine is where the outback meets the tropics

Located 320-kilometres southeast of Darwin sits the town of Katherine. Named after the Katherine River it lies on, the town of Katherine is the 4th largest settlement in the Northern Territory. Katherine is known for beautiful national parks, hot springs and rich culture. If you love the outdoors, then this is the town for you.

Swimming, camping, bushwalking, fishing and canoeing can all be part of your Katherine holiday. Katherine has a number of national parks to explore, including the Nitmiluk National Park, Elsey National Park and the Judbarra Park.

Take a dip in the Bitter Springs, or relax on a Katherine river cruise along the Nitmiluk Gorge. Don’t forget to carve out some time for the famous Cutta Cutta Caves, which are a must-see.

Katherine is located at the junction of the Stuart Highway, linking the city to the south through Alice Springs and north to Darwin. Add a Katherine day tour to your next Northern Territory holiday to get the best of both the outback and the tropics.

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Australia's Top End and the Kimberley await with adventures to be had, dreamtime culture to enlighten and glorious nature to explore. Marvel at the termite mounds of Litchfield National Park, see Rock Art and cruise the Yellow Water wetlands in Kakadu, discover Katherine Gorge and the Ord River, soar above the Bungle Bungles, see the Derby Boab Tree for yourself, then finish with a camel ride on stunning Cable Beach.

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This epic adventure into the heart of the Red Centre starts with 1 night in Adelaide before travelling overnight in Gold Service aboard the mighty Ghan. Enjoy 3 nights in Alice Springs visiting the West MacDonnell Ranges, then see the wonders of Uluru with 3 nights at Yulara including the stunning Sounds of Silence dinner. Re-board the Ghan for another night before finishing with 2 nights in Darwin.

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Delve into Darwin and the Northern Territory’s epic Top End on this 8 day journey of discovery. From Dreamtime legends to an Arnhem Land scenic flight, we have everything covered. We’ll marvel at the termite mounds of Litchfield National Park, see Ubirr Rock Art and cruise the Yellow Water wetlands in Kakadu, take a thrilling Jumping Crocodile cruise and get a real taste of life on the land at Tom Curtain’s Katherine Outback Experience.

Explore the top-end a new way

Make your next Northern Territory holiday an amazing one by visiting the city of Katherine. The best time of year to visit Katherine is between the months of April and August. In August, Katherine hosts the Freedom Day festival, which is a free event that celebrates Aboriginal Land Rights with arts, music and sporting events.

Start your Katherine holiday by learning about the local Indigenous culture by visiting Mimi Aboriginal Arts and Crafts. This not-for-profit art centre holds artwork from local established and emerging artists. Watch artists why they work and chat about their creations while supporting Indigenous artwork.

Get out and about around Katherine by visiting some of their many national parks. The Elsey National Park has a series of thermal pools and springs situated around the park. Pick from the famous Mataranka Thermal Pool, the Bitter Springs or the Rainbow Springs or take a dip in a cooler spring at Stevie’s Hole near the Waterhouse River. Make sure you visit the Katherine Hot Springs dotted along the Katherine River.

The Jubarra National Park / Gregory National Park is the second-largest park in the Northern Territory. This park is famous for its beautiful gorges and distinctive Boab trees. Wander along one of the many walking trails or take a bumpier route on a four-wheel drive. Make sure to visit the famous Gregory tree, which is a sacred site for the Ngarinyman people.

Another amazing national park is the Nitmiluk which includes 13 beautiful gorges just 30-kilometres from Katherine. Take a hike to the Northern Rockhole or dip your toes in the Sweetwater Pool or the Edith River Crossing.

You can’t leave Katherine without visiting the Cutta Cutta Caves. These limestone caves were formed millions of years ago and cover nearly 1500 hectares. Travel 15 metres below the surface and explore the caves on a 20-minute walk.

Then get your heart racing by taking an evening boat tour and going croc spotting. Freshwater crocodiles are common in the Katherine and Victoria rivers and a host of other exciting native wildlife.

Once you’re finished with your outdoor adventure, make sure to check back in at the Katherine Musem and Gardens. Learn about local histories, peruse through WW2 memorabilia, and picnic in the public gardens.

Katherine gives a small-town feel but is big on adventure. If you’re planning a Northern Territory holiday, don’t forget to add in a Katherine tour or cruise. Add Katherine to your tour along with Darwin, Alice Springs and Uluru.

There’s so much to do in Katherine

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