Welcome to Katherine


Katherine is considered a big town in this part of the world, and you'll certainly feel like you've arrived somewhere if you've just made the long trip up the highway from Alice Springs (its namesake river is the first permanent running water on the road north of Alice Springs) or down from Darwin.


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$177.47 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Katherine Gorge Tour, Cruise, Swim, and Lunch from Darwin

Your full-day Top End tour from Darwin to Katherine Gorge will see you first stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place for many World War II soldiers. Continue to Edith Falls where there's time for a refreshing swim in the waterhole (conditions permitting).

After lunch, you will have a two-hour guided cruise between the sheer sandstone cliffs of Katherine Gorge, situated in the Nitmiluk National Park. As you glide along the tranquil waters on your Katherine Gorge cruise, enjoy commentary from your guide detailing the area's plant and wildlife and explaining the Aboriginal rock art, which adorns the walls of the gorge. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, turtles and the splendid array of birdlife. Enjoy a quick tour of Katherine, the hub of the region's cattle and farming industries before traveling via Pine Creek, a historic gold mining town. Stop at Adelaide River for dinner (own expense) before returning to Darwin where your Katherine day tour concludes. Please note: Edith Falls is subject to weather conditions

$111.64 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Nabilil Dreaming: Katherine Gorge Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sit back and relax as the tranquil surroundings transport you into a spiritual world of the Jawoyn culture and history. Discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of the Nitmiluk Gorge, changing color with the setting sun. This cruise includes a three course candle light dinner, featuring fresh, local Australian produce cooked on board, and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. There is also a cash bar on board should you wish to purchase more beverages.Allocated seating will be up to 6 persons per table, drinking water and toilet facilities are available on board the vessel.

$60.42 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Nitmiluk National Park Katherine Gorge 2- or 4-Hour Cruise

Once you have boarded, your boat driver and Nitmiluk river guide will explain the ancient heritage of the landscape and its' significance to the Katherine region and the Jawoyn People. Between each gorge, there is a 500-meter walk which will require you to disembark the vessel before joining the boat in the next gorge. Those who choose not to do the walk can sit in provided shaded area. Those who choose to continue to the next gorge will have the opportunity to see ancient rock art between the first and second gorge during their walk.Two Gorge Cruise (2-hour)Discover the cultural significance of the first 2 gorges to the traditional landowners - the Jawoyn people. Enjoy a journey of discovery through the magnificent Nitmiluk Gorge.Three Gorge Cruise (3-hour)Prepare for a truly memorable experience as you travel through time and the 3 gorges of Nitmiluk Gorge. Marvel at the sheer rock face walls as the scenery becomes more striking as you head further into the Gorge. Freshen up with a swim and light refreshments before you return back to the Nitmiluk Boat Jetty.Dawn Cruise (2-hour)The colors of the early morning awaken as you emerge into the first gorge. See the mist rising above the smooth water’s surface, hear the wildlife stirring from the night and breathe the crisp clean air. This cruise will allow you to discover the unspoiled beauty of the morning - a truly memorable start to the day and a photographer’s dream.

$759.43 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

Day 1: Litchfield & Mary River (L,D)Leaving Darwin, journey south to the beautiful Litchfield National Park where you visit waterfalls that flow all year round. Explore Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's picture perfect swimming holes. Finish the day in the spectacular Mary River Wetlands where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Enjoy an outback Aussie pub meal before climbing into your bed for a well-earned rest at the Mary River region camping spot. Day 2: Kakadu National Park (B,L,D) Today head to Kakadu National Park where you will discover ancient First Peoples rock art at Ubirr. Here your guide will lead an interpretive cultural walk through the different rock art galleries before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Next head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the in the beautiful clear plunge pools. Tonight relax poolside and enjoy a group dinner at the Bistro at our Jabiru campground. Day 3: Kakadu - Katherine (B,L,D) This morning you have the option of a scenic flight over Kakadu (price from AU$150 pp) the sheer size of Kakadu means the only way to truly appreciate it is from the sky. Then spend time exploring Kakadu’s other major Aboriginal rock art site Nourlangie or Burrungi as it is known to its local traditional owners. Here your guide will give you a snapshot of how the local First Peoples have lived in an area with 20 000 years of documented occupation which is reflected in some of the rock art. After lunch head south stopping to visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek before traveling further on to Katherine and settling in for the night at the private campsite on the doorstep of Nitmuluk National Park. Fall asleep listening to the chatter of the outback night.  Day 4: Katherine Gorge - Darwin (B,L) Depending on the season, this morning embark on a cruise along the inky waters of Katherine Gorge or take the chance to head out by canoe between red rock walls up to 70-meters high (both activities are optional at own expense). Formed by the Katherine River flowing from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea, this 23 million-year-old natural marvel is one of the Top End’s true wonders. After lunch experience a truly authentic Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural experience. This interpretive display will not only teach you about local culture of the First Peoples but will also provide hands on experiences including fire making, boomerang and spear throwing and the chance to try painting your own First Peoples artwork to take home as a unique souvenir. Hit the open road and head back to Darwin to enjoy a night on the town toasting your adventure with new friends.

$219.18 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Tour from Alice Springs to Darwin Including Mataranka Hot Springs, Devils Marbels and Edith Falls

Day 1. Devils Marbles & Daly Waters (D)After an early morning start, meet your driver guide in Alice Springs before traveling approximately 5-hours along the Stuart Highway towards Devil’s Marbles. Devils Marbles, also known as Karlu Karlu in four Aboriginal languages are a stunning display of granite boulders located in the wide open spaces of the incredible outback Australia. Here you will have time to explore the sacred grounds and discover the traditional land owners through their incredible dreamtime stories. Make sure to bring your camera as this is a picture perfect experience.Next, head north to the historic Daly Waters Pub for a delicious meal and an early night to bed.Day 2: Mataranka Thermal Springs, Edith Falls & DarwinAfter another early start, continue north towards the Mataranka Thermal Springs. Here you’ll have time to relax in the stunning natural hot pools at a temperature of approximately 93-fahrenheit (34-degrees). Sooth your aching muscles and stretch your legs on this relaxing stop as you bask in the ambiance of the surrounding paperbark and palm forest filters.Next, you’ll make a short trip towards the historical town of Katherine where you’ll stop for a delicious lunch (own expense). After a rejuvenating lunch, travel to Edith Falls, where you’ll have spare time to take a short hike to the top of the pools where you can relax in one of the stunning pools. Your tour will finish as you arrive in Darwin at approximately 5pm.

$219.18 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Tour from Darwin to Alice Springs Including Mataranka Hot Springs Devils Marbels and Edith Falls

Day 1: Mataranka Thermal Springs, Edith Falls & Daly Waters (D)After an early morning start, meet your driver guide at your centrally located Alice Springs hotel and travel to the historical town of Katherine. Here you will stop briefly before heading towards Edith Falls. Enjoy spare time or take a short hike to the top of the pools and relax in one of the stunning pools. Sooth your aching muscles and stretch your legs on this relaxing stop as you bask in the ambiance of the surrounding paperbark and palm forest filters.Continue south towards the Mataranka Thermal Springs. Here you’ll have time to relax in the stunning natural hot pools at a temperature of approximately 93-fahrenheit (34-degrees) before arriving at Daly Waters Pub for a delicious pub dinner.Day 2. Devils Marbles & Alice Springs After an early morning start, traveling approximately 5-hours along the Stuart Highway towards Devil’s Marbles.Devils Marbles, also known as Karlu Karlu in four Aboriginal languages are a stunning display of granite boulders located in the wide open spaces of the incredible outback Australia. Here you will have time to explore the sacred grounds and discover the traditional land owners through their incredible dreamtime stories. Make sure to bring your camera as this is a picture perfect experience.Your tour will finish as you arrive in Alice Springs at approximately 5pm.