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Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park

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Published November 16th 2016
Isolated gorge to wander
This gorge maybe not as famous as Katherine Gorge, but surely it's worth a visit.

swimming, nature reserve, Umbrawarra Gorge, gorge, near Katherine NT
High water level during wet season (January 2016)

The Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park, located about 115 kilometres west of Katherine or 22 KM along Umbrawarra Road, via Stuart Highway, Pine Creek. As you turn off to Umbrawarra Road from Stuart Highway, its about 22 km gravel/dirt road you have to take to the gorge. The road very dusty and corrugated. Some section contains steep dips and creek crossings. Always drive with care. No doubt that this road will be closed during the wet season.

swimming, nature reserve, Umbrawarra Gorge, gorge, near Katherine NT
Water level at the road crossing in wet season

Nature protects this beautiful isolated gorge with steep red cliffs and a creek that meanders through the gorge in the early to mid dry season. Walking shoes is a must to reach the gorge. First, you can find about 100 meters concrete path along the creek. After that, you have to continue with wooden slats over a few muddy parts of the path where the spring water was seeping. After walking for about 3 minutes, you can enter the start of the actual Gorge. More winding walking track will lead you to a large pool with a small sandy beach and the rest of the gorge can only be reached by wading, swimming and rock hopping.

You can also see the Wagiman people's Aboriginal rock art. The Wagiman Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of the land, and ancient Aboriginal art adorns the gorge walls. It's well hidden, so you have to find it around a corner up the escarpment. There are magnificent views from the cliff-tops of Umbrawarra, but please bear in mind that rock climbing and abseiling permits must be obtained from the Batchelor or Palmerston Parks and Wildlife Services offices before you arrive at Umbrawarra.

Umbrawarra is a home for significant colonies of the Short-eared Rock-wallaby and the Rock Ringtailed Possum. If you are lucky, you can also catch a glimpse of some of these native marsupials. Remember that all cultural items and wildlife are protected.

nature, wild life, Umbrawarra Gorge, near Katherine NT
Wild life near Umbrawarra Gorge

This park has a small area of campground with a pit-toilet (long drop box), which is only a short distance from the car park. The car park near the entrance of the gorge was the site of a tin mine in the early 1900s. Camping fees apply and should be deposited in the honesty box provided (a 'Park Fees' brochure is available for details on other parks).

Camping, Umbrawarra Gorge, near Katherine NT
Honesty camping fee box on site

The campsite is very basic. There is no drinking water provided so always carry and drink plenty of water. No bins are provided, so please take your rubbish away with you. Generators are not permitted in this Park. Pets, nets, traps are not permitted in this Park. Always take care with fire, light fires only in fireplaces provided. Collect firewood before arriving at your picnic or campsite and collect fallen timber only. Avoid using soaps and detergent in or near waterways.

Camping, Umbrawarra Gorge, near Katherine NT
Tables and cooking pit on camping site

Access to this park only during the Dry Season from April to October. Always consult maps and check road conditions on 1800 246 199 or visit the website prior to your visit. For more information about Umbrawarra National Park, please contact phone number (08) 8976 0282.

Camping, Umbrawarra Gorge, near Katherine NT
"Long drop

swimming, nature reserve, Umbrawarra Gorge, gorge, near Katherine NT
The water as clear as glass
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Why? Free nature beauty for whole family
When: Any time during dry season (May-October)
Phone: (08) 8976 0282
Where: 115 kilometres west of Katherine or 22 KM along Umbrawarra Road, via Stuart Highway, Pine Creek
Cost: Free (without camping)
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