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  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free. There is a fee for camping

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Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park

Nitmiluk (also called Katherine Gorge) is the deep path cut through the sandstone by the Katherine River, and the Nitmiluk Katherine Gorge National Park is where you can go to lap up the luscious experience of the Gorge, whether that be swimming in it (sometimes with harmless freshwater crocodiles), canoeing in it, hiking around it, gazing it from an observation deck, flying over it on a helicopter...or any combination of the above.

The park is run by the traditional owners, the Jawoyn, in conjunction with the Australian government. It's a well-appointed place with lots of visitor facilities (and lots of visitors, especially in the dry season). You can choose your level of activity, from lounging around at your campsite or the visitor center café to strenuous canoeing trips or hikes. But make sure you take at least one long hike, perhaps to see the Aboriginal rock art, or at least to get sticky enough to make cooling off in the river a delight.

Practical Info

Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park is swarmed by visitors in the dry season (May to September). In the wet season (November to March), the river goes into spate and swimming and canoeing can be restricted, as can access to the roads.

The park is about 30 km (18 mi) northeast of Katherine, which in turn is about 300 km (180 mi) south of Darwin on the Stuart Highway.

Tours & Tickets

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Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 92 Reviews

A spectacular Katherine Gorge day tour is one of the many unforgettable experiences available to you in the Top End in Australia's Northern Territory. ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.84

5-Day 4WD Camping Adventure Including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Parks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore Australia’s Top End on a Northern Territory camping tour through Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield national parks. This five-day excursion to the ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $819.14

4-Day Kakadu National Park, Katherine and Litchfield National Park Camping Tour from Darwin

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Venture deep into the Australian Outback on a camping tour through Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield National Parks from Darwin. Travel by purpose built all ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

From USD $910.57

4-Day Top End Highlights Including Kakadu and Katherine

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

See all the highlights of northern Australia’s remarkable Top End on a 4-day tour of Kakadu and Katherine. Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $698.47

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