Katherine Gorge in photos – A Natural Treasure of the Northern Territory

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One of the highlights of our Northern Territory road trip and visiting the Top End of Australia was taking in the splendor of Katherine Gorge.

Located in Nitmiluk National Park, this is one of our top 25 National Parks in Australia so far.

Katherine Gorge is made up of thirteen gorges carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River which have great ceremonial significance to the local Jawoyn people, who are custodians of Nitmiluk National Park.

A natural treasure of the Northern Territory and one of Australia’s most impressive outback regions, at just a 4-hour drive from Darwin I highly recommend you include it in your itinerary for any visit to the Top End.

Katherine Gorge Cruise

One of the popular ways to experience Katherine Gorge is via a cruise. We chose the 2-hour dawn break cruise and it was magical to see it awaken in the morning light.

As we were visiting during the dry season we didn’t get to see any running waterfalls and would love to come back just after the wet season for a different perspective – this visit really wet the appetite.

It’s called the breakfast cruise, but forget the eating, it’s more about the stunning scenery.

Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Get a canoe and enjoy the surroundings

We couldn’t do the kayaking trip as Savannah was too young, but I have done it previously and it also comes highly recommended by our community. Definitely, make a day of it and paddle into the second gorge, which I found the most beautiful.

Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Walk to Barrawei Lookout

Do the 3.2km loop walk up to the lookout which offers great views over the gorge. You can do the shorter walk taking a steep climb up to the lookout from the river and back down again. There are plenty of other walking trails. If we didn’t have the kids with us, I’d take on the 12km Butterfly Gorge walk.

Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Sunset and the fruit bats

If you’re staying in Nitmiluk National Park, in the evening at sunset walk down to where the tour boats leave from and view the hundreds of fruit bats flying over the river. Amazing site to see.

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Katherine Gorge - Northern Territory, Australia

Katherine Gorge Camping

Nitmiluk Caravan Park is the perfect place to stay right near the entrance to Katherine Gorge, about a 30-minute drive from the town of Katherine. You can easily walk to the gorge, it’s clean, tidy, shady and has a great swimming pool. You’ll need it!

Katherine Gorge campsite

If you want a bit more luxury, you can stay at Cicada Lodge in Katherine Gorge.

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Can you picture yourself at Katherine Gorge?