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Getting to Katherine Gorge

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Canoeing at Katherine Gorge

Canoeing at Katherine Gorge

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Katherine Gorge is best accessed through the Northern Territory town of Katherine 314 kilometres (195 miles) southeast of Darwin at the intersection of the Stuart and Victoria Highways.

The Stuart Highway continues south to Alice Springs and into South Australia.

The Victoria Highway meanders in a southwesterly direction into the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

On the train line

Katherine is a major stop along the train line between Darwin in the Northern Territory and Adelaide in South Australia.

Close to town

Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) National Park is 29 kilometres from Katherine.

Those touring the Outback through South and Western Australia can reach Katherine Gorge through either the Stuart or Victoria Highway.

Katherine crossroads

Those interested in Katherine Gorge as their main destination would generally come from Darwin, where there are plane flights, and buses via the Stuart Highway, to Katherine. Those wishing to go by rail can take the Ghan. You could also fly from the Alice to Katherine.

Visitors in motor vehicles could literally come from anywhere to the highway crossroads at Katherine.

Northern and southern entry points

The northern entrance to Katherine Gorge is 45 kilometres north of Katherine. From there it's 20 kilometres to Edith Falls.

The southern entrance, the more popular access point to the park, is 30 kilometres from Katherine along the Gorge Rd, which ends at the national park's visitor centre.

Exploring the Gorge

You can enjoy the Katherine Gorge waterscape and landscape in your rented canoe or on a boat cruise, or you can use a four-wheel-drive vehicle, or walk the kilometres of tracks in the national park.

There are also scenic flights from the Katherine airfield.

Shutterbug's dream

The area is rich in Aboriginal artefacts and you will find Aboriginal rock paintings up to 7000 years old.

A variety of flora and fauna lies ready to be discovered.

The Katherine Gorge attractions are very much a shutterbug's dream.

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