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About Katherine



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, across to Kununurra (WA) or down to Alice Springs or across to Mt Isa (Qld). 


The Katherine Region is definitely worth seeing and experiencing.





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 size of the Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park is to fly over it and view the spectacular scenery.




are available most days of the year with varying options depending on the season. 






Edith Falls 


is also part of the Nitmiluk National Park and is located only 66km north of Katherine

(approximately an hour drive from the township 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 past the 

Top Didj Cultural Experience 

at Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery located on Gorge Road only 7km from town (please note they close for the wet season from November to April).

Here you learn about aboriginal culture from Manual Pamkal.

You'll become part of the Dalabon tribe and create your own rarrk painting.

You'll also learn how to create fire with two sticks and how to throw a boomerang and spear with a woomera. It's great fun for all the family. 


Art Galleries 


Take a stroll through the art galleries located a short walk from the Katherine Visitor Information Centre. They specialize in local Aboriginal art and artefacts from a wide region - Central Australia, the Kimberleys and Arnhem Land.


For a refreshing dip go and have a swim at the 

Katherine Hot Springs 

(which are actually cool in temperature), and go onto visit the Katherine Low-Level picnic area.



 Thank you to our local photographer Bek Tierney for this picture.


If you are heading south, make sure you stop in at the spectacular 

Mataranka Thermal Pools or Bitter Springs 

Please note all swimming spots are subject to the weather and is generally closed for swimming in the wet season.


Sabu Sing 


Sits perched on his stock horse at the southern end of town (beside the Visitor Information Centre) 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 


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 in the Dry Season between 9 am and 3 pm.


Katherine Museum 


is a must, they have a wonderful display of photo’s dating back from the early settlers, aboriginal artefacts,

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. The Museum is open in the dry season from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission fees apply.


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Ever wondered how a wild horse is broken-in or a dog trained to round up cattle?

Tom Curtain's 

Katherine Outback Experience 

 provides a unique window into life on vast cattle stations with real horse-breaking and working dog demonstrations, Australian music (often performed from the saddle),

humorous bush tales and the opportunity to interact with the station animals.

Engaging, entertaining and educational for all ages.


Katherine has a wide variety of 


styles to suit your budget,

including camping with powered and unpowered sites at caravan parks,

backpacker hostels, B & B's, hotels, motels and luxury cabins. 


The Katherine Region has an abundance of events.

Most happen throughout the Dry Season from cultural experiences like the Barunga Festival (June), to the prestigious Katherine Show (July), or Katherine Races (August). Katherine Festival (August) plus the many regional fishing competitions. Be sure to check out our events page for all of the details on all of the events.