Katherine and Nitmiluk Gorge Explorer

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Katherine and Nitmiluk Gorge Explorer 

Day 1: Darwin to Katherine 

Katherine is an easy three-hour drive from Darwin – straight down the Stuart Highway. Make the most of the journey by stopping off to explore Adelaide River War Cemetery, and the remains of military airstrips from WWII along the way. There are great food and coffee at Emerald Springs Roadhouse, and drop into visit Pine Creek to see if you can spot a Hooded Parrot or to just explore the history of the town and area. Upon arrival at Katherine, make your way to your accommodation, and then head straight to Katherine Hot Springs. A perfect introduction to Katherine, the hot springs are surrounded by a beautiful picnic area and some short walks. 

Day 2 & 3: Katherine region and Nitmiluk National Park 

For the next two days, you’ll be able to explore all that this beautiful region has on offer. Head to Nitmiluk National Park for the day. We recommend doing the Baruwei Loop Walk, which takes you to the top of Nitmiluk Gorge and gives you magnificent views over the Katherine River and 17 Mile Valley. For a thrilling way to see the gorge, take a helicopter scenic flight, float down the river on a cruise or hire a canoe. There are many optional experiences to choose from at the Nitmiluk Visitor Information Centre, so be sure to pop in to plan your day. For the avid bushwalker or the hiker at heart, there are loads of tracks on offer that range from easy to difficult. For those who prefer to cast a line, this is your chance to catch an infamous Barramundi! If birdwatching is more your thing, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the rare Gouldian Finch, common to spot in this area. You can also experience a taste of local life at Katherine Outback Experience, home to a live show fitted out with guitars, dogs, horses, buffalo, and more! 

Day 4: Katherine to Darwin 

Just because it’s the last day, doesn’t mean this is the end of your Katherine road trip. Depart Katherine and head north back to Darwin making a stop at Leliyn (Edith Falls) for a dip and to explore. For a moderately challenging walk, take the 2.6km Leliyn Trail which will take you to the upper pool of Leliyn Falls – well worth the effort! At the base of the falls, there are great picnic facilities, plus a café for your convenience. Spend a couple of hours