The Katherine region is a unique part of Australia, covering a vast area of the central north of the country and with spectacular wilderness and ancient history to be discovered. Home to the Jawoyn people, the Katherine/Nitmiluk region still has a large Indigenous population and their culture is reflected in many of the local sites and tourist activities.
Known as the crossroads of the north, Katherine has a population of almost 11,000 people and is the Northern Territory’s fourth largest town. It’s the connecting point for those travelling between Alice Springs and Darwin, or heading east to Queensland or west to Western Australia. The town also provides services to the many Indigenous communities right across Australia’s northern region. As such, the town has a diverse community and is well-serviced with plenty of accommodation, shopping, health services, parks, gardens and fuel stops.
Explore the museums and art galleries, learn the local history and admire the local traditional Aboriginal arts and crafts. Outside of town, visitors can enjoy impressive ancient rock art, or marvel at nature’s creative skill in the Cutta Cutta Caves. Take a dip in the thermal pools at Katherine Hot Springs or the refreshing cascades at Edith Falls.
Katherine is located on the banks of the Katherine River and this vibrant and important river runs through the 13 gorges of the region’s star attraction – Nitmiluk National Park. Home to some of Australia’s most magnificent scenery, the park offers a host of recreational activities for visitors – from fishing to bushwalking, canoeing to helicopter flights. The gorges are definitely a highlight of the region and access is carefully managed by the traditional owners, protecting and preserving the traditional practices and stories of their land.