Throughout the drive from Adelaide to Darwin, Katherine would have to be one of my favourite towns. I instantly fell in love with the place. It was big enough to be a town, but small enough to feel like you’re still in the outback.
There aren’t many places to stay in Katherine, but there are however a few activities that you can do. This includes the springs, Katherine Gorge and the surrounding national parks.
It’s opened all year round, but the park and some activities may close due to flooding in the Wet Season. The best time to visit is between May and September. The Nitmiluk Visitor Centre is open daily from 8am to 5pm.
If you went to the Mataranka springs then you’d be blown away with the Katherine springs. It had a few more pools to swim in and chill out. There was also a really cute little section at the end that you can sit in, feels like a little hot tub.
The Katherine Gorge is absolutely massive. It’s located in the Nitmiluk National Park and you could spend a few days there. Whether it be canoeing, hiking or just marvelling in the scenery. We did a few hikes around the gorge which was pretty amazing. The tours and canoeing can be a bit expensive for a backpacker, so I recommend just doing the hikes to get the views.
Edith Falls is also in the Nitmiluk National Park, the walk to the falls itself is pretty easy. Make sure you bring your swimmers and have a dip in the water. Swimming in the lower and upper pools is a must. My favourite one is the upper pools, nicer waterfall and more rocks for you to lay about in. If you have more time you can go into the Sweetwater pool. I’d recommend bringing food and tunes with you, could definitely spend a day in there relaxing and swimming. Throw in a kip in there too if you have the time.
Aboriginal Rock Art
There are Aboriginal rock art across the national park, so make sure you get the time to do some bush walking and check out the local art.
We stayed near the Gorge Caravan Park. They offer powered and non-powered sites which are available. Of course if you’re using Wikicamps then you know where to go.
There are also non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls).
How to get there
The Gorge entrance to the park is 30km east of Katherine on the sealed Gorge Road. Follow the signs.
For further information visit the tourism site.