Covering 480 000 square kilometres between Australia’s Red Centre and the Top End, the Outback region of Katherine is home to breathtaking gorges, invigorating waterholes and rich Aboriginal heritage. Best known for Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, the area offers stacks of activities for adventurous travellers, including hikes, canoeing, swimming and fishing. Nature lovers will appreciate the vast wealth of unique wildlife that inhabits the region. Keep an eye out for the elaborate bower bird nests as you wander hiking trails and rock wallabies lurking on the rugged cliffs as you explore the area’s gorges.
Best Katherine Day Trips and Tours from Darwin
The thirteen gorges along the Katherine River that make up Nitmiluk Gorge are Katherine’s main draw card for travellers. Nitmiluk, meaning ‘cicada place’, holds special importance to the local Aboriginal people as a meeting place for thousands of years, and is dotted with sacred sites and ancient rock art. There are plenty of ways to explore the gorge from the water, land or air. For energetic travellers, hiring a canoe offers an amazing perspective looking up from the water at the towering gorge walls, which reach up to 70 metres high. Boat tours explore further along the 12 kilometres of river and are a relaxing way to sit back and soak up the incredible scenery. There are also plenty of walking tracks to explore on foot and scenic flights that offer a bird’s eye view over the astonishing landscape.
Once you’ve explored the treasures of Nitmiluk National Park, continue south along the Stuart Highway to discover why Katherine the moniker of “where the Tropics meets the Outback.” Mataranka Thermal Pool and Bitter Springs in the Elsey National Park offer travellers a chance to relax in the crystal-clear, warm waters within a shaded oasis. Surrounded by pandanas, palms and paperbark trees, the naturally heated, spring fed waters are a welcome respite from long Outback drives.
Our Katherine Tours
Offering a chance to explore some of the most remote attractions in Australia, Katherine tours are perfect for travellers looking for something off the beaten track. Its location on the Stuart Highway between the Red Centre and the Top End means Katherine is included in all our tours between Darwin and Alice Springs. Our tours between Alice and Darwin call into Katherine’s top attractions along the way, including Nitmiluk Gorge and Mataranka Thermal Pools. To traverse the whole country from top to bottom, join our tours between Adelaide and Darwin to explore Katherine, Uluru, Flinders Ranges and much more. If you’re travelling from Western Australia, our tours between Broome and Darwin include a stop at Katherine Gorge on the last leg of the tour before reaching Darwin. You’ll enjoy exploring the unforgettable Outback scenery by day and swag camping under the stars by night for an authentic Aussie experience.
Katherine Gorge Day TourCruise through Katherine Gorge, swim at Edith Falls and learn about the Jawoyn people of Nitmiluk.
10 Day Broome to Darwin TourGet lost in the scenery of the Kimberley exploring ancient gorges, refreshing swimming holes & more.
3 Day Alice Springs to Darwin TourTake the scenic route to Darwin via Mataranka Hot Springs, Katherine Gorge, Devil's Marbles & more.
3 Day Darwin to Alice Springs TourDiscover the spectacular gorges, natural hot springs and crazy rock formations of the Aussie outback.
Adelaide to Darwin TourTrek from the bottom to the top of Australia and explore towns, landmarks, and wildlife along the way.
Darwin to Adelaide TourJourney through the Red Centre via Uluru, Coober Pedy and more, including meals and accommodation.