The town of Katherine is the gateway to Nitmiluk National Park, an area rich in breathtaking gorges, raging waterfalls and thermal springs.
DO Explore the world-famous Nitmiluk National Park by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. Nitmiluk Tours (+61 8 8971 0877) run a variety of different excursions from a spectacular dawn cruise to a scenic helicopter flight above the 13 gorges. In the town of Katherine be sure to drop into Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre (Stuart Highway; +61 8 8972 3751), which plays host to art exhibitions, dance, music and theatrical performances and celebrations that reflect Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures.
STAY Cicada Lodge is an eco-friendly retreat overlooking the unique sandstone country above the gorge. Each of the 18 rooms blends Indigenous and contemporary features and facilities include a private balcony, complimentary wi-fi and outdoor pool.
EAT AND DRINK At Cicada Lodge, the food is simple but delicious. The Chef’s Menu allows guests to sample native dishes from the region, showcasing Northern Territory produce such as seared kangaroo, saltbush lamb or freshwater prawns. In the town of Katherine, enjoy excellent breakfast and coffee at The Finch Café.
GET THERE Katherine is a 300-kilometre drive south of Darwin. There are regular Greyhound buses between Darwin and Katherine.