Katherine Gorge Australia
Exploring Nitmiluk National Park

Katherine Gorge, Australia is probably my favourite national park in the Northern Territory.

As you would have seen on photos, the scenery is absolutely spellbinding.

But there's more to it. Natural beauty, flora and fauna, Aboriginal history, culture and rock art...

And most importantly, space to get way from the tourism side of things.

180,353 hectares to discover. And many people are not even aware of how much there is to see and do!

Yes, you can do much here more than the standard two hour tourist boat cruise...

How do you make the most of your visit to Katherine Gorge National Park? That's what I show you in this section of the Australian Outback Guide.

It depends on the time of the year and on your interests. Read below about how to get there, the best time to visit and about the many different ways to explore Katherine Gorge in Australia.

Also check out what other readers had to say, the questions they asked, and submit your own experiences or questions.

Katherine Gorge cruises On a Katherine Gorge tour View during Katherine Gorge cruise

Katherine Gorge, Australia
Background Information

Nitmiluk National Park Nitmiluk National Park, Australia
How to get to the gorge (it's in Nitmiluk National Park), distances, the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, campground and facilities.

Grevillea flower The Northern Territory: When is the best time to visit?
Nitmiluk National Park, like most of the Northern Territory, changes dramatically with the seasons. Some times of the year are better for certain things than others. Read how the dry and wet season affect your visit.

The gorge entrance Katherine Gorge Pictures
In the photo gallery you can find a page devoted to photos of the gorge and the park.

Katherine Gorge Australia - Activities

No visit to the Australian Outback is complete without a boat cruise, canoe trip or hike up the spectacular 12 km gorge, winding its way between red sandstone cliffs up to 70 metres high.

23 million years it took the Katherine River to form this natural wonder... How much time do you have to explore? Find out how much you need:

Cruise boat in the gorge Katherine Gorge Cruises
The cruises are the most popular option to see the gorge. Find out what you can expect on a tour, when they leave, what you need to bring etc. Also includes some info on scenic flights.

A canoe in the fifth gorge Canoeing The Gorges
This is in my opinion the very best way to discover this amazing park. It's the only way to see the full length of all thirteen gorges, and one of the best ways to get away from the tourist crowds. Read about canoe hire and day and overnight trips.

Hiking above the fourth gorge Bushwalking Tracks in Nitmiluk National Park
Hiking is my other favourite activity in Nitmiluk National Park. The park has a lot more to offer than "only" its main attraction, the gorge. Find everything you need to know to go hiking and discover more of Nitmiluk National Park: distances, where to get maps, descriptions and photos.

What's Your Favourite Way To See Such A Place?

The adventurous way, with everything that comes with it? Sweat, scratches and blisters, sore muscles, wind and sunburn, not to mention the capsized canoe?

Or rather the comfort of a pre-booked boat cruise and a bed in Katherine at night?

Other readers would love to hear your tips, see your photos, and read about your experiences. So please share them with us.

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About Katherine Gorge, Australia

Click below to read the opinions, experiences and questions of other readers.

Camping in Nitmiluk 
We are going to Katherine Gorge next week, but unfortunately because of the delayed dry season, the overnight canoe trip is off limits. I still want …

Katherine Gorge a very memorable experience 
WOW!!!! Katherine Gorge is sooooo spectacular! The wonderful views, the awesome senery. I suggest if you do go and plan that you might go again, go on …

Book Katherine Gorge canoes in advance! 
We just returned from our big outback trip and one of the places we stopped was Katherine. I would advise all you guys, esp. young backpackers out there, …

Katherine Gorge in the wet season 
We visited Katherine Gorge in the wet, and that's a great time to go. We were there when the water was high enough for the jetboats to go straight over …

Camping and canoeing in Katherine Gorge 
Me and a friend are planning to camp and canoe the Katherine Gorge in early June. We have a couple of questions. 1. We are beginner canoers and …

Saltwater crocodiles in Katherine Gorge 
I am concerned about saltwater crocodiles in Katherine Gorge as I am doing the overnight canoe trip next week (Nov 15). Have there been any found in the …

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