Katherine Gorge & Nimiluk National park

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Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) covers a vast area of escarpment country, including 13 gorges carved from the ancient sandstone country. Explore the world-famous park and gorge country on foot, by canoe, boat or helicopter.

Cruise, paddle, walk or fly

Hire a canoe and paddle along the gorges at your own pace to see waterfalls, Aboriginal rock art and wildlife. Or board a sunrise breakfast cruise or high-powered speedboat and enjoy the ride.

For an aerial view of the magnificent gorge system and the extensive Arnhem Land plateau, board a helicopter ride leaving from near the Visitor Centre.

Walk the Jatbula Trail

Lace up your boots to walk the five-day 58 km Jatbula Trail that passes waterfalls, monsoon rainforest, stone country and Aboriginal rock art. The trail starts at the park's visitor centre and ends at Leliyn (Edith Falls), an idyllic camping spot near waterholes with cool waters that are great for rejuvenating your weary legs.

The Windolf Walk winds along the Katherine River and up to Pat's Lookout for a sweeping view of the gorge. Continue along the trail to the Southern Rockhole, where a waterfall flows after rain.

Natural swimming holes

Swim at Leliyn (Edith Falls), a pandanus-fringed plunge pool on the park's western boundary. Follow the scenic walking track from here to Sweetwater Pool, a secluded and tranquil swimming hole.

Paddle through the narrow chasms of Butterfly Gorge, a quiet, shaded gorge with rocky walls that are home to thousands of butterflies.

Aboriginal owners

Stop at the park's Nitmiluk Visitor Centre to find out about the cultural and spiritual significance of the gorge for its traditional owners, the Jawoyn and Dagomen people. There are many Aboriginal rock art paintings on sandstone walls throughout the gorge system, some of which are thousands of years old.

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