Katherine Gorge National Park,

Katherine Gorge National Park,

Nitmiluk National Park is located in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory, 244 km south-east of Darwin. The park has been established around a series of gorges on the Katherine River and Edith Falls. Previously named Katherine Gorge National Park, its northern edge borders Kakadu National Park.

This 292,800 hectare National Park is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people and jointly managed with the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.

This wonderland can be explored on tours with flat-bottomed boats, that go upstream but can only stay in one gorge; tourists have then to walk to the next gorge where they board another boat. In the dry season the gorges become separated as the level of the river falls. They are interconnected in the wet.

Canoeists can explore on their own. There are hiking trails, with beautiful views and opportunities to swim in the clean cool waters of the river.


The picnic area provides gas barbecues, picnic furniture and toilet facilities. The launch tour boat jetty and canoe hire are located adjacent to the boat ramp. A public swimming area is provided in the picnic area. Information on the flora, fauna, geology, walks, activities, and other points of interest can be found in the Nitmiluk Centre at Katherine Gorge.


There are two types of camping in the Park. You can stay at the permanent campgrounds at the Gorge or Leliyn (Edith Falls)where there is plenty of car parking, tent and caravan sites. Powered (Gorge only) and unpowered sites are available. Elsewhere in the Park, bush camping areas have been established for walkers and canoeists who intend to stay overnight. Toilets are provided at some camping areas and a source of water is almost always available nearby.
Some of the Park's features include spectacular dissected sandstone country, broad valleys and numerous, significant cultural sites.

The deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River is the central attraction of the Park.
Nitmiluk Tours operate a variety of boat tours in the Gorge system ranging from the popular two hour cruise, to a half day safari which includes the third gorge.

A helicopter ride is one of the most exciting ways to see the gorge system. A 12 minute flight will take you as far as the sixth gorge, where you can experience a magnificent view of Arnhem Land Plateau. Flights of 25 minutes include the whole of the gorge system. The helicopter takes three passengers at a time with a minimum of two people.

There are numerous walking tracks in the Park offering a variety of experiences, ranging from strolls along the riverbanks, overnight walks and a five day walk from Katherine Gorge to Leliyn (Edith Falls).

The Jatbula Trail is a very popular seasonal walk from Nitmiluk to Leliyn (Edith Falls). The trail (approx 60 km) is best enjoyed over 5 days (4 nights).

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