Katherine is located about 320km south of Darwin and is the gateway to the north, south, east and west so stop into the Katherine Visitor Information Centre to find out all the exciting and beautiful things to see, do and experience in the area or on your way up to Darwin or across to Kununarra (WA) or down to Alice Springs or across to Mt Isa (Qld). The Katherine Region is definately worth seeing and experiencing.
Katherine itself is an amazing place. We have the famous Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) where you are able to take a cruise up the gorge, canoe at your leisure or even take one of the many walking tracks. The best way to see the sheer enormity of the Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park is to fly over it and view the spectacular scenery.
Edith Falls is also apart of the Nitmiluk National Park and is located only 66km north of Katherine, it is spring fed therefore it flows all year round and boasts a great day out with swimming, bush walks, picnic and camping areas.
For a hands on cultural experience you can’t go passed the Top Didj Cultrual Experience at Top Didj and Art Gallery located on Gorge Road only 7km from town. Here you learn about aboriginal culture from Manual Pamkal. You will become apart of the Dalabon tribe and create your own rarrk painting or you can choose to create a dot painting with Adrianna Robinson. You will also learn how to create fire with two sticks and how to throw a boomerang and spear with a woomera. It is great fun for all the family.
Take a stroll through the five art galleries Katherine has specializing in local Aboriginal art and artifacts including art from a wide region – Central Australia, the Kimberleys and Arhnem Land. The Katherine Public Art Gallery located at the Civic Centre houses 30 years of local art acquired from the Katherine Art Prize which is a competition run each year.
For a refreshing dip go and have a swim at the Katherine Hot Springs, if you are heading south make sure you stop in at the spectacular Mataranka Thermal Pools or Bitter Springs and if you are heading north then stop into Edith Falls for a swim. Please note all swimming spots are subject to the weather and is generally closed for swimming in the wet season.
Sabu Sing (Pictured top right) sits perched on his stockhorse at the southern end of town and is a magnificent bronze statue in tribute to a great stockman and great station manager in the Top End who tragically died in a car accident in 1993.
Cutta Cutta Caves are located only 27km south of Katherine. The cave is a series of limestone caverns dating back 500 million years featuring sparkling columns, pillars and flowstones of calcite crystal. Tours are run each day for one hour. Between October and March tours in the afternoon can be very warm. (NB. The caves accept cash only)
Just 8km west of Katherine is Springvale Homestead, the oldest original homestead in the Territory, it was built in 1879 by Alfred Giles the former Overland Telegraph linesman. During the dry season there is a free Historical Tour of the Homestead at 3pm.
The Katherine Museum is a must, they have a wonderful display of photo’s dating back from the early settlers, aboriginal artifacts, all the images and footage from the devasting 1998 Katherine Floods including history on WW II, Clyde Fenton the first flying doctor and horticulture in the early days. It is open 364 days a year from 9am to 4pm. Admission fees apply.
For the ultimate stockcamp experience without going to a cattle station try out Marksie’s Stockmans Camp Tucker Night. Dine under the stars around a campfire and take in that bush experience. You will be treated with traditional camp fire cooking of roasts, stews, damper and you will have the opportunity to try a variety of different cuisines from Kangaroo, Buffalo or Camel. Great fun for the whole family.
Katherine has a wide variety of accommodation styles from apartments, to motel rooms, to cabins, Bed and Breakfast, backpackers and powered and un-powered sites for camping and caravans.
The Katherine Region has an abundance of events which happen throughout the Dry Season from cultural experiences like the Walking with Sprits Festival (July) or Barunga Festival (June), to the prestigious Katherine Show (July), Katherine Festival (August) and Katherine Country Music Muster (May) plus the many regional fishing competitions. Be sure to check out our events page for all of the details on all of the events.