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Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge)

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You'll be drawn to the majestic beauty and sheer size of the spectacular Katherine Gorge. 

Located on the lands of the Jawoyn people, rock art sites dot the park and dreaming stories bring the silent gorge walls to life. 

You can learn about the Jawoyn people's association with the land at the Nitmiluk Centre or by taking a boat cruise of the first few gorges. 

Take sunrise or sunset cruises and see the gorge turn all shades of mauve and red.

There are canoes for hire or you can get a permit to use your own canoe from the Nitmiluk National Park Visitor Centre. 

You can canoe to the fourth, sixth and ninth gorges and camp overnight, but make sure you book ahead of time by calling Nitmiluk Tours on (08) 8972 1253 or 1300 146 743.

You can use fishing lures in areas of the Katherine River, but fishing is not permitted in Edith Falls.

Walkers have plenty of trails to choose from and waterfalls to see, but the ultimate trek is the 62km Jatbula Trail

To fully experience Katherine Gorge, take a helicopter ride and get set down for a swim in one of the harder to reach gorges. 

 

Camping

Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park. 

You need to book overnight accommodation and canoeing at Nitmiluk, the phone number to ring is (08) 8971 0877.

 How to get there

The Gorge entrance to the park is 30km east of Katherine on the sealed Gorge Road. Follow the signs from the traffic lights in the township of Katherine (at Aust Post), continue along Giles Street, which becomes Gorge Road and takes you straight to the Nitmiluk Centre.

 

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

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A visit to Leliyn (Edith Falls) in the west of the park should also be on your list. 

Swimming in the lower and upper pools is a must. 

If you have time for a full day or overnight walk, go for a swim in the secluded Sweetwater pool. 

You need a permit for the overnight walk to Sweetwater pool so book early by using the contact listed for Leliyn below.

Get the Nitmiluk National Park fact sheet and map (842.3 kb).

 

Camping

Non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls).

Leliyn (Edith Falls) does not take bookings, but the best time to arrive to secure a spot is 10am, as this is when campers who are not staying another day have to vacate their site.

 

How to get there

The turnoff to Leliyn (Edith Falls) is 40km north of Katherine along the Stuart Highway. The park entry is 20km further along Edith Falls Road. Take care when turning onto the road from the highway as the railway crossing is a bit rough.

 

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Find out if the Nitmiluk National Park is open.

 

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