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Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge Katherine

Where is it at?

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Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge
Gorge Road
Katherine
NT
0850
Tel: 1800 653 142

Directions

Nitmiluk National Park is located in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory. The Park has two main points of visitor access.
The Park's main entrance is located 30 km northeast of Katherine via a sealed road. Katherine is located 310 km south of Darwin along the Stuart Highway.

Leliyn (Edith Falls) on the western side of the Park, is reached by turning off the Stuart Highway 42km north of Katherine then following a sealed road for a further 19km.

Where are we going today?

Take a trip across the secluded waters within Nitmiluk National Park with a launch tour boat jetty and canoe hire located adjacent to the boat ramp in this 292,800 hectare National Park, which is also superb for exploring and hiking. Canoes can be hired at the Gorge by the hour, half day, full day or overnight.

A safe public swimming area is provided in the picnic area. Information on the flora, fauna, geology, walks, activities, and other points of interest can be found in the Nitmiluk Centre at Katherine Gorge.

There are two types of camping in the Park. You can stay at the permanent campgrounds at the Gorge or Leliyn (Edith Falls)where there is plenty of car parking, tent and caravan sites. Powered (Gorge only) and unpowered sites are available. Elsewhere in the Park, bush camping areas have been established for walkers and canoeists who intend to stay overnight. Toilets are provided at some camping areas and a source of water is almost always available nearby. Check at the Nitmiluk Centre first.

A helicopter ride is one of the most exciting ways to see the gorge system. A 12 minute flight will take you as far as the sixth gorge, where you can experience a magnificent view of the Arnhem Land Plateau. Flights of 25 minutes include the whole of the gorge system. The helicopter takes three passengers at a time with a minimum of two people, but be warned it's a $161 per person, so make sure the camera is charged! See Nitmiluk Tours for informaiton on this.

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsCanoes will charge a fee, as will tour.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Daily 24 hours. The Nitmiluk Visitors Centre is open from 7am to 7pm.

The most comfortable months to visit the Park are from May to September. The wet season causes flood

I'm Hungry!

The picnic area provides gas barbecues, picnic furniture and toilet facilities. .

Any Top Tips?

A small fee is charged for bush camping. Check at the Nitmiluk Centre for availability of sites and to ensure that water is still available..

What people are saying?

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    It's absolutely gorge-ous! Canoe see what I did there? Uh oh, 2 bad puns already... that's a paddlin!

    Nitmiluk NP is the home of Katherine Gorge, and it's well worth spending a day or two there to explore the landscape on foot or on the water. For the lazy, there are regular cruise boats to take you along the gorge, or if you've got the time and energy hire a canoe and enjoy the view at your own pace. You can definitely make it to the 3rd gorge with a full day hire, but don't go any further unless you're camping overnight - there's a lot of canoe-carrying...Read More

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    Fantastic with some great swimming also. Well worth the look and will be back.

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    Great walking options. Beautiful sunset views. Drinking water tanks provided on tracks. Canoes available for hire.

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    Note globale excellente

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by Pat Fogarty

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It's absolutely gorge-ous! Canoe see what I did there? Uh oh, 2 bad puns already... that's a paddlin!

Nitmiluk NP is the home of Katherine Gorge, and it's well worth spending a day or two there to explore the landscape on foot or on the water. For the lazy, there are regular cruise boats to take you along the gorge, or if you've got the time and energy hire a canoe and enjoy the view at your own pace. You can definitely make it to the 3rd gorge with a full day hire, but don't go any further unless you're camping overnight - there's a lot of canoe-carrying before you get back on to the water!

The Weather

Wednesday

Conditions: Thunderstorm
Temp: 92° F / 33° C
Humidity: 67 %
Wind: NNW - 8 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Thunderstorm
Temp: 90° F / 32° C
Humidity: 73 %
Wind: NW - 8 MPH

Friday

Conditions: Chance of a Thunderstorm
Temp: 90° F / 32° C
Humidity: 73 %
Wind: NW - 8 MPH

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