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Katherine Gorge

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by FIONA (subscribe)
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Published September 17th 2012
Katherine's gorgeous Gorge

Winding through Aboriginal named Nitmiluk National Park is the world famous Katherine Gorge. A swelling raging river with spectacular waterfalls in wet season and in dry season Katherine Gorge is characterised by 13 towering gorges carved from ancient sandstone. Set in escarpment country Nitmiluk National Park is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people and spans 292,800 hectares.

Courtesy of Paul Hermans

At just over a three hour drive from Darwin make sure you seize the opportunity to experience the grandiose beauty of this spectacular natural formation. Hike, fly, canoe, cruise or even swim exploring monsoon rainforests and stone country with waterfalls and Aboriginal Rock art along the way.

A Darter dries itself on a rock @Katherine Gorge
Courtesy of Paul Hermans

The best way to experience Katherine Gorge is by either canoeing or helicopter flight. Absorb the magnificent aerial views of Katherine Gorge and the vast escarpment appreciating the enormity of the Gorge in its own right. Helicopter flights are also the best way to see the waterfalls when the river levels are still high. As the water drops during the dry season it is possible to swim and canoe in certain sections of the Gorge without holding serious concerns about Saltwater Crocodiles.

Aerial View of Katherine Gorge
Courtesy of Paul Hermans

Katherine Gorge
Courtesy of Paul Hermans

Nitmiluk has a picnic area, tour boat jetty, canoe hire and a public swimming area. If you are looking for more information for your stay visit the Nitmiluk visitor centre. From here you can find out about what to do and book activities including camping.

Katherine Gorge
Courtesy of Paul Hermans

The best time to visit the Park is from May to September. Unfortunately, the flooding in wet season may impose some restrictions on activities.

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Why? Infamous spectacular Katherine Gorge
When: All year around
Where: Katherine/ Nitmiluk National Park
Cost: Entry free, actiivties vary
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