Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge National Park

Northern Territory Australia

The Nitmiluk (Katherine) gorge is located 29km north of Katherine. It consists of 13 natural gorges carved through sandstone by the Katherine River. Rocks and boulders separate each gorge. It is a beautiful natural wonder and is well worth the visit whilst staying in Katherine

Nitmiluk Visitor Centre

The visitor centre is located at the Katherine Gorge. Information displays are set up that explain the geology, landscape and aboriginal history of the National Park. Informative staff are there to help you with tour enquiries and general information.

This should be your first point of call.

There are a number of different ways to explore the gorge, these include:


Paddling up the Katherine Gorge is a rewarding experience, it enables you to get close to wildlife and have the leisure of going at you own pace. You may wish to canoe for half a day, a full day or maybe overnight and stay in one of the bush camps located up the gorge it is up to you.  

Boat Cruises

Tour boats operate cruises of the Nitmiluk (Katherine) gorge. This is a good way to see the gorge as the guide explains the many features and history of the gorge and surrounding area. There is a variety of cruise options from 2 hour to half day cruise adventures.  Ask the friendly staff at reception for more information and to book your cruise. 

Scenic Flights

You can fly over the gorge either by helicopter or airplane. There are a variety of options in the amount you see. The scenic flights give you an excellent view of the Arnhemland plateau. For more information please see reception.

Other Activities

You may wish to put your own private boat or canoe on the gorge. This is possible but there are some regulations so contact Parks and Wildlife before setting out.

Fishing is another popular past time in the gorge.  Only lures are allowed and there are regulations on the size of the fish and the amount you're permitted to catch so check this out with the rangers first. 

There is a picnic area provided with gas barbeques and tables and chairs. There is a variety of wildlife surrounding the picnic area which makes it an enjoyable place to sit and have some lunch.

Parks and Wildlife rangers are also there to assist with all your inquiries regarding walks and camping.

The visitor centre provides toilet facilities, a souvenir shop takeaway meals and refreshments.

The centre features a unique playground for children and an eating area situated above the Katherine River that is an ideal spot to sit down to a meal or a drink and watch the sun set.

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