Recent Searches
Clear
Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge National Park)
Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge National Park)

Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge National Park)

star-5
626 Reviews
Gorge Road, Nitmiluk National Park

The Basics

Visitors to the Nitmiluk National Park come to marvel at the stunning scenery, hike along the gorge, or take a boat ride on the Katherine River. Most day tours include a sightseeing cruise, with a chance to spot crocodiles, waterfalls, and Jawoyn rock art. Tours also visit Leliyn (Edith Falls), where visitors can swim beneath the waterfalls. For the most spectacular views, opt for a helicopter flight over the gorge.

With time to spare, multi-day tours let you explore farther afield and camp out in the park. Some tours from Darwin combine a tour of Katherine Gorge with a visit to other must-see spots in the Top End, such as Litchfield National Park, Arnhem Land, or Kakadu National Park.

Show all
Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Cruise
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Cruise
star-4.5
$72.62 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Loved it, would do it again anytime.
The entire cruise was fabulous, spectacular scenery and very educating. I especially liked the tour guide, as he was very informed with a great sense of humour.
Wayne_Thompson, Jul 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There are a number of accommodation options close to the park, as well as both powered and non-powered campsites within the park.

  • Bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and plenty of water, as well as your swimsuit, if you plan to swim at the water holes.

  • The Nitmiluk Park Visitor Centre has restrooms, a café-restaurant, gift shop, free Wi-Fi, charging stations, and an ATM.

  • Only swim in designated areas and heed all warning notices; crocodiles are common throughout the park.

  • Some of the park’s boat cruises and lookout points are wheelchair accessible, but it’s recommended to visit with a guide.

Show all

How to Get There

Nitmiluk National Park is located at the north end of the Northern Territory, 220 miles (350 kilometers) southeast of Darwin, or a 4-hour drive along the Stuart Highway. The easiest access point is the town of Katherine, from which it’s a 30-minute drive. There is no public transport to the park, so the only way to visit is with your own vehicle or by joining a guided tour from Darwin or Katherine.

Show all

When to Get There

The park is swarmed by visitors in the dry season (May to September), when an early morning arrival is a must to beat the crowds. In the wet season (November to March), the river goes into spate, and swimming and canoeing can be restricted, as can access to the roads.

Show all

Outdoor Activities in Nitmiluk National Park

Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Katherine River, paddle along the waterways in a canoe, go fishing, or take a swim in a remote water hole. For hikers, the 41-mile (66-kilometer) Jatbula Trail is the ultimate achievement; the trail runs from the Katherine Gorge to Edith Falls and takes at least five days to complete. There are a number of shorter hikes, too, including popular trails to Barumei Lookout, the Southern Rockhole, and Sweetwater Pool.

Show all