With a population of nearly 11,000 Katherine is the Northern Territory’s third largest township and is readily accessible, being situated only 320 kilometers south of Darwin. The Katherine region is a rich area in terms of natural wealth with pristine gorges and waterways fringed by ancient rock formations.
Located 29 kilometers north east of Katherine is Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge). This fascinating river canyon, consisting of 13 separate gorges can be viewed either by walking, canoe or tour boat. Aboriginal rock art can be seen on the canyon walls.
The Katherine River itself, from which the gorges are derived, has its origins in the south west of Arnhem Land and flows through the township of Katherine before joining other prominent river systems to the west.
With its huge catchment area, Katherine Gorge is prone to flooding during the wet season. In early 1998 Katherine township itself was completely flooded for the first time in the township’s history with more than 2 meters of water spreading throughout the town. Since then, early warning systems on the river level have been put in place.
Edith Falls to the north of Katherine is situated in the western fringe of the Nitmiluk National Park area and is the home of two popular waterfalls that, whilst not great in stature, provide excellent year round swimming. Facilities here include a campground, kiosk and readily accessible walking tracks.
Located 105 kilometers south east of Katherine is Elsey National Park which has within its confines portions of the substantial Roper River system, the Waterhouse River and the thermal springs of Mataranka. These crystal clear springs being a constant 32 degrees Celsius, bring a welcome opportunity of a refreshing swim, indifferent to the dry and harsh surroundings common with interior Australia.
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