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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.
  • 1- or 2-day self-guided canoe tour in Nitmiluk Gorge
  • Paddle through some of the 13 gorges in Nitmiluk National Park
  • Discover the waterways of the Katherine River
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Family friendly
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

Make your own way to the boat jetty in Nitmiluk National Park to start any of the following self-guided canoe tours. Please arrive at the boat jetty 30 minutes prior to departure.

All tour options begin with a scenic boat journey through the first gorge before continuing to explore the second gorge and beyond by canoe. For your self-guided canoe tour, you must be able to carry the canoes if you plan to go further than the second gorge. 

All of the gorges are separated by barriers of natural rock, therefore to access the next gorge, manual portage of canoes is required. This can be quite strenuous in some sections. 

Choose from the following tours:

Malappar Traveller – Second and Third Gorge Experience

Canoe the second gorge to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Jawoyn Country. Wade in shallow pools between the first and second gorge, or head to Golden Falls to see ancient Jawoyn rock art in the third gorge. Moderate to high fitness level is required for this route.

Kuluyampi Explorer – Journey Beyond (Third Gorge Plus)
Visit the vortex holes drilled into the rocks at the top of the third gorge, explore the walking tracks, or relax on the beaches of Smitt Rock between the fourth and fifth gorge. Moderate to high fitness level is required.

Barrak Barrak – 2-day adventure
Take two days to journey further on the ultimate canoe adventure through the Nitmiluk Gorge river system. Camp out under the Jawoyn night sky in the serenity of the gorge. Only limited numbers of people are allowed on the water for this tour. High fitness level is required.

Please note: A permit is required to camp within the gorge system. This can be obtained from Parks and Wildlife after a confirmed Nitmiluk reservation has been made. Permits attract a nightly fee, not inclusive in the hire amount. Permits must be paid in cash (correct change). There are no cash/card facilities for Permits.

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