Katherine Gorge

A must-see of the Top End is Katherine Gorge, situated just 30 kilometres north-east of Katherine nestled in the heart of Nitmiluk National Park.

Filled with hidden natural wonders and rich in indigenous history, the land was recently returned to its traditional owners, the Jawoyn people, resulting in the gorge being renamed Nitmiluk Gorge translating to “place of the cicada dreaming,”

The Jawoyn people place significance on Katherine Gorge and the surrounding geography as part of their cultural and ceremonial history. Having lived in the region for up to 45,000 years, they converted the walls of the Gorge into a canvas depicting the Jawoyn Dream Time stories.

Made up of thirteen towering gorges, this natural haven borders Kakadu National Park and is home to an abundance of exceptional beauty and stunning landscapes.

The best way to absorb the majesty of Katherine Gorge is by cruising the Katherine River. Wind your way along the 12 kilometre stretch, between cliff faces reaching more than 70 meters high, carved through the Arnhem Land Plateau. You’ll see ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, pass cascading waterfalls and river rapids. Spot crocodiles basking on the banks, wonderful bird life and some of the most amazing scenery that the Northern Territory has to offer. It has to be seen to be believed.

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