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Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge National Park)
Nitmiluk National Park (formerly Katherine Gorge National Park) offers vast sandstone cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and a series of 13 gorges carved out by the mighty Katherine River. All of this dramatic scenery is located on the ancient lands of the Jawoyn people and is home to some impressive Aboriginal rock art sites.
 
The Basics
Visitors to the Nitmiluk National Park come to marvel at the stunning scenery, hike along the gorge, or take a boat ride on the Katherine River. Most day tours include a sightseeing cruise, with a chance to spot crocodiles, waterfalls, and Jawoyn rock art. Tours also visit Leliyn (Edith Falls), where visitors can swim beneath the waterfalls. For the most spectacular views, opt for a helicopter flight over the gorge.
 
With time to spare, multi-day tours let you explore farther afield and camp out in the park. Some tours from Darwin combine a tour of Katherine Gorge with a visit to other must-see spots in the Top End, such as Litchfield National Park, Arnhem Land, or Kakadu National Park.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There are a number of accommodation options close to the park, as well as both powered and non-powered campsites within the park. 
  • Bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and plenty of water, as well as your swimsuit, if you plan to swim at the water holes.
  • The Nitmiluk Park Visitor Centre has restrooms, a café-restaurant, gift shop, free Wi-Fi, charging stations, and an ATM.
  • Only swim in designated areas and heed all warning notices; crocodiles are common throughout the park.
  • Some of the park’s boat cruises and lookout points are wheelchair accessible, but it’s recommended to visit with a guide.
 
How to Get There
Nitmiluk National Park is located at the north end of the Northern Territory, 220 miles (350 kilometers) southeast of Darwin, or a 4-hour drive along the Stuart Highway. The easiest access point is the town of Katherine, from which it’s a 30-minute drive. There is no public transport to the park, so the only way to visit is with your own vehicle or by joining a guided tour from Darwin or Katherine.
 
When to Get There
The park is swarmed by visitors in the dry season (May to September), when an early morning arrival is a must to beat the crowds. 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.

Outdoor Activities in Nitmiluk National Park
Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Katherine River, paddle along the waterways in a canoe, go fishing, or take a swim in a remote water hole. For hikers, the 41-mile (66-kilometer) Jatbula Trail is the ultimate achievement; the trail runs from the Katherine Gorge to Edith Falls and takes at least five days to complete. There are a number of shorter hikes, too, including popular trails to Barumei Lookout, the Southern Rockhole, and Sweetwater Pool.
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Admission: Free. There is a fee for camping
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Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge CruiseDay Cruises

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Cruise

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Discover the gorgeous interior of the Katherine Gorge during a scenic and informative boat cruise in Nitmiluk National Park. Choose from a 2- or 4-hour cruise that takes you deep into the network of waterways that flow through the Katharine Gorge, which consists of 13 separate gorges. Short walks between the gorges allow you to see more of the landscape. Hear from your informative guide about the wildlife and Aboriginal people of this land, the Jawoyn. Choose the dawn tour to see the gorge at first light — an exceptional experience.
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Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge 3.5-Hour Sunset Dinner Boat TourDinner Cruises

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge 3.5-Hour Sunset Dinner Boat Tour

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Experience the magic of a sunset in the Aussie outback, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Katherine Gorge. Set sail along the Katherine River on a 3.5-hour sunset cruise, tuck into a delicious 3-course dinner on-board, and sip sparkling wine as you watch the sunset over the rugged landscapes of the Nitmiluk National Park.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Canoe Adventure ToursKayaking & Canoeing

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Canoe Adventure Tours

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Paddle your own canoe on the waters of the Nitmiluk Gorge, which is made up of 13 separate gorges. Located in the Northern Territory’s Nitmiluk National Park, this maze of sandstone waterways has been sculpted by the Katherine River over countless millennia. Choose from several options for your self-guided canoe tour of this Australian natural treasure.
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Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge CruiseDay Trips

Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

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Take a full-day detour from Darwin to explore the beautiful natural playground of Katherine Gorge. Cruise between ancient sandstone cliffs for an up-close perspective of Aboriginal rock art and crocodiles lounging on the riverbanks. Take a dip in a natural swimming hole at the base of Edith Falls, and recharge with a delicious picnic lunch. Get a glimpse of local cattle culture on a coach tour of Katherine, and pass through the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek.
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Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Indigenous Cultural CruiseDay Cruises

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Indigenous Cultural Cruise

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Voyage through millennia of Outback history on a small-group boat tour through the spectacular Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. See ancient rock art on the sandstone cliffs, stop for a refreshing swim, try your hand at the didjeridoo, and learn about the area’s importance to the Jawoyn people from an indigenous guide.
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Darwin to Katherine Day TripperAir Tours

Darwin to Katherine Day Tripper

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Katherine features on the itineraries of many visitors to Darwin, but reaching the remote gorges and lakes independently is challenging. On this tour, take to the skies on a scenic flight and reach Katherine easily in a day. Soar over the Litchfield National Park, and admire top natural attractions including Roche Reef and Twin Falls. You’ll also have time to take to the waves on a Nitmiluk Gorge sightseeing cruise.
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5-Day Top End Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land and Litchfield National Park Camping Tour from DarwinMulti-day Tours

5-Day Top End Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land and Litchfield National Park Camping Tour from Darwin

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Experience the beauty of Australia’s Top End without the hassle of organizing transport, meals or accommodation with this five-day trip around a number of the area’s pristine National Parks. Visit vibrant forests, cavernous gorges and roaring waterfalls in the Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Parks. Camp out under the stars and make find plenty of local swimming holes. Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture from Limilngan-Wulna people and from your Binninj guide during an exclusive visit to the Arnhem Land.
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4-Day Kakadu National Park, Katherine and Litchfield National Park Camping Tour from DarwinMulti-day Tours

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

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Discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Australian Outback on a 4-day camping tour to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Parks, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park from Darwin. Travel by 4WD-vehicle with a knowledgeable guide who shares commentary on the region, including indigenous Aboriginal sites and rock art. Swim in natural pools formed by waterfalls, canoe on the Katherine River, look for wildlife, sample authentic ‘bush tucker’ and admire the stunning landscape. Sleep under the stars with all meals, wine with dinner, transportation and camping gear included.
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Kakadu & Katherine Gorge Full Day Air Tour, Helicopter & CruiseAir Tours

Kakadu & Katherine Gorge Full Day Air Tour, Helicopter & Cruise

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Spend an action-packed day exploring two national parks in the Top End: Nitmiluk and Kakadu. Fly round-trip from Darwin to Katherine Gorge, then hop aboard a helicopter for a scenic ride. Explore the magnificent landscape for 1 hour by air followed by a riverboat cruise. A guide helps you discover this region abundant with wildlife, natural beauty, and cultural significance. See the spectacular Mary and Adelaide rivers on your return.
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Katherine Gorge Fly, Helicopter & Cruise Tour From DarwinHelicopter Tours

Katherine Gorge Fly, Helicopter & Cruise Tour From Darwin

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Discover Katherine Gorge from every angle on a thrilling 8-hour excursion by air and water. The adventure begins with a flight from Darwin over Adelaide River, Pine Creek, and the iconic Australian Outback. After landing, it's time to take to the skies again. Discover the hard-to-reach places within the gorge by helicopter. The last leg of the adventure includes a picturesque boat cruise through the gorge, before your return flight to Darwin.
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5-Day Tour of Australia's Top End from DarwinMulti-day Tours

5-Day Tour of Australia's Top End from Darwin

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Explore the Top End over five days for an in-depth experience of Australia's indigenous heritage and stunning national parks. Go four-wheel driving in Kakadu National Park, swim in waterfall pools at Litchfield National Park, explore the remote Arnhem Land with an indigenous guide, cruise the waters of Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), and discover plenty of wildlife. Includes meals, guide, transportation, and four nights accommodation in private campsites.
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5-Day 4WD Camping Adventure Including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National ParksMulti-day Tours

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

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Experience the wondrous landscapes of the Top End on this 5-day camping tour from Darwin. With a knowledgeable guide, travel in a 4WD vehicle to three popular national parks: Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield. View Aboriginal rock art, take a crocodile cruise, visit Katherine Gorge and cool off in waterfalls including Twin Falls, Jim Jim Falls, Gunlom Falls and Buley Rockhole on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people. Enjoy campfire evenings, complete meals and sleeping at private campsites in a ‘swag’ (bedroll) or a permanent safari tent. Note: This seasonal tour operates from June through October.
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5-Day Inspiring Ancient Kakadu: 4WD Journey from DarwinMulti-day Tours

5-Day Inspiring Ancient Kakadu: 4WD Journey from Darwin

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Explore the gems of the Northern Territory in an intimate, small-group setting with this all-inclusive 5-day journey that takes you through the national parks of Litchfield, Nitmiluk, and UNESCO-listed Kakadu. See ancient aboriginal rock art, spot wildlife on a cruise through the Katherine Gorge, swim in natural waterfall pools, and catch a sunset from the sacred site of Ubirr, all with the help of an experienced guide. Stay in distinctive luxury accommodations and enjoy the best of regional cuisine for every meal.
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6-Day Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield National Parks Camping Expedition from DarwinMulti-day Tours

6-Day Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield National Parks Camping Expedition from Darwin

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Fully immerse yourself in the nature and indigenous cultures of Kakadu, Nitmiluk, and Litchfield national parks on this six-day guided camping tour from Darwin. Go off the beaten path in a 4WD, swim in waterfalls, hike through a gorge, and get out on the water to see some crocodiles. You'll also see Aboriginal rock art and hear stories about local culture from an indigenous guide. Includes accommodation at a permanent campsite and meals.
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