Katherine Gorge Tours

Katherine is made up 292,008 hectares of land consists of 13 gorges which, over a very long period of time, have been carved out of sandstone rock by torrential summer rains. The area is a living cosmopolitan of bird and marine life and is also home to many fresh water crocodiles! But dont worry, they wont harm you! Photography and bushwalking are among the most popular pursuits of visitors.

Previously known as Katherine Gorge National Park, the Park was handed back to the local Aboriginal people and renamed Nitmiluk, meaning 'Cicada Place'. Since then the park has been jointly managed by the Northern Territory Government and the Jawoyn people in accordance with their trandition laws. Because of this aboriginal culture within the area is still very strong.

There are many adventure activities on offer in Nitmiluk National Park. It is a haven for nature lovers, with its rugged landscapes, dramatic waterfalls and lush gorges providing an abundance of flora and fauna.There are more than 100 kilometres of marked walking tracks in the Gorge and all walkers should collect a guide pamphlet from the Visitors Centre first. To do longer walks the Park Ranger must be notified and a deposit paid. Short. guided walks are available.

One of the best ways to appreciate its scale and beauty is from the water. Boat tours go as far as the fifth gorge, stopping to examine the Aboriginal rock art high on the cliffs. If the water is high you can hire a canoe and paddle all the way to the 13th. Take a scenic flight in a light plane or helicopter - well worth the experience! The new Nitmiluk Centre is a must to learn about this Park, stand on the deck, view the 17 Mile Valley and enjoy refreshments

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