Backpacking in Katherine

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Backpacking in Katherine

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The outback meets the tropics at Katherine, about 300 kilometres south of Darwin. The township is situated on the banks of the Katherine River, which flows down from the world-renowned Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park). Sweeping from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border, the vast Katherine region is full of hidden gems for you to explore.

Its diverse landscapes and unique ecosystems set the scene for outback adventure activities like fishing, canoeing, bushwalking, birdwatching, camping and four-wheel driving.

Katherine and Surrounds, Roper River ©Peter Eve

Day trips from Katherine can be taken north to Pine Creek or south to Mataranka. Pine Creek has a strong gold mining heritage, with original buildings dating back to the 1800s, while Mataranka is famous for its tropical thermal pool and nearby Elsey National Park.

The Victoria River region, south west of Katherine, is well known as a premier fishing holiday destination. There are also excellent four-wheel drive tracks and camping spots.

Further north, the Daly River region is another spot popular for fishing and camping travellers with hot springs, gorges and rivers. The remote Gulf region, east of Katherine, is perfect for adventurous anglers who enjoy fishing in remote rivers.

Adventure in Katherine

The Katherine region sets the scene for some real Territory-style adventure. It is a relatively remote destination with abundant waterways including gorges, rivers waterfalls and the ocean. It’s these characteristics that attract an influx of adventure seekers all year round. Access is limited during the wet season.

Popular things to do in the area include: Judburra for hiking, Daly River for fishing, and Nitmuluk National Park for canoeing.