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Katherine Gorge / Nitmiluk
Katherine Gorge, photo by Matt Malone
To get to Katherine Gorge you will pass through the town of Katherine, which is a major stop along the Ghan railway line between Darwin in the Northern Territory and Adelaide in South Australia, and it is located on the meeting point of two highways; the Stuart Highway that runs north-south from Darwin to Adelaide, and the Victoria Highway that runs west from Katherine all the way down to Perth.
Katherine is not a real big town, about 10 000
people or so, and lies roughly 300km. from Darwin and 1200 km.
from Alice Springs
From Katherine it is only 30km. to the gorge, you will first arrive there at a visitor centre where information displays are set up that explain the geology, landscape and aboriginal history of this National Park. The gorge and the surrounding landscape have great ceremonial significance to the local Jawoyn people, who are custodians of Nitmiluk National Park. In their language Nitmiluk means place of the cicada dreaming. The area has Aboriginal rock paintings up to 7000 years old.
There is a huge difference between dry and wet season
in weather and conditions in the Katherine Gorge.
There is a variety of walking tracks in the Nitmiluk Park that range from a short stroll to the Jatbula Walk which is a 66 km long walking trail from Katherine Gorge at Nitmiluk Visitors Centre to Edith Falls, which takes four to five days. Along the trail are the Biddlecombe Cascades, Crystal Falls, 17 Mile Falls, and Leliyn (Edith Falls.
There is also a variety of Katherine Gorge boat
cruises available from easy two hour cruises with or without a
short walk to four hour tours/cruises that include some walking,
the longest cruises go up in to the fifth gorge. Some of the tours
may not run in the wet season when the river can get pretty wild.
If you are staying a few days in the area make sure
to check out some other attractions in this area;
For current information on fishing and camping at Katherine Gorge,see t the visitor centre at the end of Gorge Rd.
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Unless you drive up to the Northern Territory you will have to fly to the nearest airport Darwin first, and then rent a car or book on a tour. There are also flights to Katherine from Darwin and Alice Springs.
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If you are still in your home country then you will need to get an international flight to Darwin.
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