Explore Katherine and cruise on Katherine Gorge
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Along the banks of the Katherine River, 320 kilometres south-east of Darwin is Katherine, the Top End’s third largest town with a pioneering history dating back to the 1860s.
Initially named by explorer John McDouall Stuart in the late 1800s after the daughter of an expedition sponsor, the area was later renamed 'Nitmiluk' in 1989 translating to 'cicada place' when traditional owners of the land, the Jawoyn Aboriginal people, gained title to the land.
The highlight of the region is undoubtedly Katherine Gorge and its towering sandstone walls carved by the Katherine River over thousands of years. Made up of thirteen towering gorges, this natural haven is home to an abundance of exceptional beauty and stunning landscape guaranteed to take your breath away.
The best way to take in the majesty of Katherine Gorge is by cruise. Look for Aboriginal rock paintings; pass cascading waterfalls and spot crocodiles basking on the banks. This amazing scenery has to be seen to be believed.
Along the Stuart Highway just north of Katherine is (Leilyn) Edith Falls, a series of cascading waterfalls and crystal clear rock pools on the western side Nitmiluk National Park. Take a refreshing dip and unwind in the rock pools or hike to the top of the escarpment and enjoy amazing views over the gushing waterfalls. Home to several species of colourful birdlife; make sure you keep a look out for the endangered Gouldian Finch and Hooded Parrot – an absolute treat when spotted!