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Crossroads of adventure

Experience Australia at its most vibrant in this exciting NT town.

Katherine is a family’s dream destination. Whether you want a relaxing cultural holiday or an adventurous one, this outback community has plenty to offer. Located 300 kilometres south of Darwin, Katherine’s main drawcard is its incredible scenery. Nitmiluk (or Katherine) Gorge is a 20-minute drive from the centre of town and can be explored by air, water or land. There are 13 stunning gorges to explore with walks to suit all ages and abilities; just check with the staff at the welcome centre and they’ll suggest a trail just right for you. If you have older kids and are feeling ambitious, the multi-day 62-kilometre Jatbula Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the ancient land of the Jawoyn people. Whether you head out on a sunrise or sunset cruise, hire a canoe, walk between the waterfalls or take to the sky in a helicopter, you’ll be able to take in the rock art and swim in tranquil pools (be sure to keep an eye out for croc warnings as they change with the seasons across the NT).

“You’ll need at least four days to really explore Katherine, but don’t be surprised if that’s not enough.”

After all that adventure, you’ve earned a soak in the natural warm waters of Katherine Hot Springs, only five minutes from town. You can also follow the walking trail down to the Katherine Low Level Reserve, a peaceful place for a picnic.

Get a taste for what it’s like to live on a station with the Katherine Outback Experience. Tom Curtin is a world-class entertainer and country crooner, and kids will love seeing his incredible horsemanship as well as the working dogs. Another hidden gem (literally) are the Cutta Cutta Caves, a still-growing limestone system spread out over 1499 hectares.

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Have a close encounter with local Indigenous artists at the Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, where families can learn the techniques of traditional painting and skills like spear throwing and starting a fire with two sticks.

Get a taste of Katherine’s history at the local museum. Considering the town as we know it existed with the help of the railway line, it’s a fascinating deposit of local lore, machinery from ‘the olden days’ and even a Gipsy Moth biplane. Pack a picnic and relax as a family in the surrounding rock garden.

If you’re not sure where to start, call or email the Visitor Centre ahead of your visit and they’ll be able to suggest a self-drive itinerary or customise your adventure, or simply pop in and chat with one of the friendly staff members, and they’ll point in the right direction.

You’ll need at least four days to really explore Katherine, but don’t be surprised if that’s not enough. This is one destination that will stay with you long after your outback family adventure is over.

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