Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people and jointly managed with the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory. The deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River is the central attraction of the Park. Some of the Park’s features include spectacular dissected sandstone country, broad valleys and numerous, significant cultural sites.
The best time to visit Nitmiluk National Park is during May to September. The wet season causes flooding of the Katherine River and some restrictions may apply on the activities available. The access road may be cut off for short periods during peak flooding times.
The Park’s main entrance is located 30 km northeast of Katherine via a sealed road. Katherine is located 310 km south of Darwin along the Stuart Highway.
The Parks picnic area provides gas barbecues, picnic furniture, toilet facilities and even a public swimming area! The launch tour boat jetty and canoe hire is located here also. 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 a lot of walking tracks within Nitmiluk National Park offering a variety of experiences and adventure, ranging from strolls along the riverbanks, overnight walks and a five day walk from Katherine Gorge to Edith Falls. The gorge and waterfall areas are amazing the formation of the gorge from the surrounding sandstone-conglomerate plateau makes it awesome to watch. Aboriginal art can also be seen along the base of the sandstone escarpment as you travel the Katherine River.
No matter what you do in Katherine Gorge you will always find great memories and adventure.