Katherine has a number of natural attractions located just on the outskirts of town that most travellers don't know about.....such as the Katherine Springs and the Low Level Nature Reserve.
The Katherine Springs run alongside but separate to the Katherine River. There are a number of pools commencing with the very top pool which has the crater pouring out almost hot water from the ground. As the water pours down over the rock formations, lower pools and tree root systems, the water drops in temperature, getting cooler by the minute.
There are about 6 pools in all, with locals using one long pool for swimming laps.
The water is normally crystal clear and is very relaxing. The natural minerals in the water are said to have healing properties,
specially for aches and pains, sore backs and necks. But, who needs an excuse to enjoy this beautiful place which gas free entry. Swimming hours are between 7am and 7pm and closed outside these hours.
The Katherine Low Level Reserve is just a short drive down the road from the Springs...or can be accessed by the walking trail.
There are public toilets, picnic tables, shady spots to throw a rug down and have a picnic. Beautiful, green, lush and peaceful.
There is also the world famous Nitmiluk Gorge - otherwise known as Katherine Gorge, located just half and hours drive from the centre of town.
It's steeped in natural beauty and snakes through the land with approximately 19 different gorges, although not all are accessible.
Nitmiluk Accommodation and Tours operate the resor, cruises, canoeing and restaurant, but work in with National Parks, and have a series of walking tracks throughout the Gorge.