Katherine Gorge - Nitmiluk National Park around 24 klm off the Darwin to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway travel information for self drive visitors guide

Katherine Gorge - Nitmiluk National  Park


Katherine Gorge - Nitmiluk

: Access driving via the sealed Stuart Highway south from Darwin or north from Alice Springs.
Katherine Gorge - Nitmiluk National Park and the turnoff is under 1klm north of Katherine township

Katherine Gorge - Nitmiluk National Park

This 292,800 hectare National Park is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people and jointly managed with the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory. Some of the Park's features include spectacular dissected sandstone country, broad valleys and numerous, significant cultural sites. The deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River is the central attraction of the Park.

How to Get There
Nitmiluk National Park is located in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory. The Park has two main points of visitor access. The Park's main entrance is located 30 km northeast of Katherine via a sealed road. Katherine is located 310 km south of Darwin along the Stuart Highway. Leliyn (Edith Falls) on the western side of the Park, is reached by turning off the Stuart Highway 42km north of Katherine then following a sealed road for a further 19km.

When to Visit
The most comfortable months to visit the Park are from May to September. The wet season causes flooding of the Katherine River and restrictions on some of the activities available. The access road may be cut off for short periods during peak flooding times.

Visitor Facilities
The picnic area provides gas barbecues, picnic furniture and toilet facilities. The launch tour boat jetty and canoe hire are located adjacent to the boat ramp. A public swimming area is provided in the picnic area. Information on the flora, fauna, geology, walks, activities, and other points of interest can be found in the Nitmiluk Centre at Katherine Gorge.

Walking
Numerous walking tracks offer a variety of experiences from riverbank strolls to spectacular overnight walks. Overnight walkers are required to book and register with Rangers at the Nitmiluk Centre.

Jawoyn art
Jawoyn art can be seen along the base of the sandstone escarpment in the Gorge system. Other evidence of Jawoyn activities are located throughout the Park. More detailed information about the Southern Walks and the Jatbula Trail is available in the Nitmiluk Centre, from Park information sheets, on the website or by calling Rangers at the Park.

Canoeing
Canoes can be hired at the Gorge by the hour, half day, full day or overnight. Private canoes can be used in the Gorge. For your safety, you must register and pay a refundable deposit at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre. A small fee also applies. The upper gorges are accessible to canoes, by carrying them over the rocks separating gorges.

Camping
There are powered sites at the Gorge or unpowered, sites at Leliyn (Edith Falls). Campsite bookings are required for overnight canoeing and camping as numbers are restricted. A deposit applies to private canoes and bushcamping. Check at the Nitmiluk Centre for the availability of drinking water and location of toilets. Only fuel stoves are permitted.

NT Govt. site: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

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