Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
Visitors to this 2928-square-kilometre national park are drawn to the stupendous Katherine Gorge, with its walls of sandstone up to 200 metres high, and freshwater crocodiles and three turtle species that poke their heads out of the water. But the park has other treasures. Leliyn (Edith Falls) has picturesque waterfalls and pools that are great for swimming and the Jatbula Trail offers superb overnight hiking.
Canoeing Have a casual paddle in the main gorge in Nitmiluk for four hours, or aim to get to the end of the fourth gorge in a 16-kilometre, eight-hour round trip. Canoes can be hired at the Gorge with Nitmiluk Tours, but booking is recommended during the busy June– September season. Keen canoeists can also take out canoes overnight, camping in one of the designated camping areas for canoeists.
Out of the park but still on the stunning Katherine River, Gecko Canoeing runs threeto- seven-day guided canoeing adventures, supplying everything you need, including a cook! The popular three-day trip involves 40–55 kilometres of paddling, and the longest trips are up to 120 kilometres.
Hiking Experience the spectacular range of terrain that Nitmiluk has to offer on the 58-kilometre, four-to-five-day Jatbula Trail. The track is well marked and popular, only open in the dry season, and campsites are restricted to ten campers, so you will need to book. It takes in stunning waterfalls, rock-art sites and butterfly-filled gorges. Nitmiluk Tours provides transport for hikers from Katherine, and will provide a ferry service across the Katherine River to the start of the walk. The company also provides a range of cultural and wildlife tours. Gecko Canoeing has a guided five-day walk on the Jatbula Trail (you need to carry a pack).
Gecko Canoeing: (08) 8972 2224 or 1800 634 319
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