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Northern Territory
Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge)Immerse yourself in the magic of Nitmiluk National Park
There are many ways to experience the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park and its world-renowned gorge system - you can walk, swim, canoe, boat or fly. Walks over the sandstone plateau range from one hour to five days and offer spectacular views of the gorge, as well as other landscapes. Some, like the 62-kilometre Jatbula Trail, take in most of Nitmiluk's landscapes - monsoon rainforest, stone country, upland swamp, woodland and river – while the shorter walks may not be quite so varied, but are always spectacular. You can hire canoes at the gorge, or bring your own. Commercially operated cruises of the gorge system are available, as are helicopter flights. Raging river currents from December to April can restrict activities, but there is always something to do. Swimming and canoeing are generally only activities for June to November - but are no longer available in the First Gorge. The cruises available vary between the wet and dry seasons. Leliyn (Edith Falls) is another spectacular part of Nitmiluk that is well worth a visit. Leliyn is accessed from the Stuart Highway about 45 kilometres north of Katherine
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Marvel at Katherine Gorge
No visit to the Northern Territory is complete without visiting the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park, a region of rugged beauty, history and culture with the breathtaking 'Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge' as the centrepiece. Cruise, canoe, walk, fly, swim or embrace the indigenous culture, Nitmiluk has it all. Nitmiluk is 100 per cent indigenous owned and is the specialist agent offering a great variety of tours to explore the region. If you are looking for an experience rather than just a place to stay, Nitmiluk has a range of accommodation options in idyllic and relaxing settings.
Walk the Jatbula Trail in Nitmiluk National Park
Situated amongst the stunning ancient landscape of Nitmiluk National Park, the Jatbula Trail follows the route travelled by generations of Jawoyn people, from Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) to Leliyn (Edith Falls). Following the western edge of the Arnhem Land Escarpment, the trail traverses sandstone plateau scrub, woodlands, open forest, sandstone monsoon forest and riverine landscapes. The trail was named after Jawoyn Traditional Owner Peter Jatbula who was instrumental in securing land rights for his people and who walked the route of the trail with his family. Experiencing the Jatbula Trail is truly a must, however, it is essential to be well prepared to safely enjoy the walk. Please be sure to read the information provided as your safety and enjoyment of the walk is important to us.
Take in Nitmiluk by air
Nitmiluk Scenic Flights depart from the helipad located 3km from the Nitmiluk Centre within the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park. There are a variety of flights to choose from and all offer magnificent views from the air, with 'photo' or 'video' opportunities of Nitmiluk Gorge, the Arnhem Land escarpment and local wildlife. Whether it’s an intense 3 gorge buzz, a breathtaking 13 gorge flight or private journey to your very own water fall or ancient Jawoyn rock art site. A Helicopter flight will give you a great perspective of Nitmiluk Gorge system.
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