The Show

Outback Show

Closing 9 October 2021 and reopening 2 May 2022 | Katherine, Northern Territory

Tom Curtain’s national award winning Katherine Outback Experience celebrates the Northern Territory’s unique pastoral history and culture through real horse-starting and working dog demonstrations, live music and story telling.

This is not your run-of-the-mill type of outback show or tour, rather it is an experience! It is raw and real, the same as if an audience wasn’t present. This hands-on experience is located on an operating farm, just 6kms south of Katherine.

From the comfort of elevated seating, under the shade of an indoor arena, guests watch and learn as the young horses and working dogs are trained for working life on the land. The team explain the psychology behind the training process, highlighting what can be achieved from a relationship built on trust.

Guests are also invited to pat and feed the station animals including the horses, dogs, buffalo, cattle and goats to name a few. The show wouldn’t be complete without stories from the team’s experiences of living and working on the land, together with some of tom’s original award winning songs.

We offer a 2 hour show and tailored shows. Click on our FAQ for an example itinerary of a show, keeping in mind not one show is ever the same!

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What you can Expect to See and Do

Be captivated as our team works with a young horse, sometimes attempting to ride it for the first time (not always successfully)

Watch and learn how the working dogs are trained to muster cattle and sheep for life on cattle stations

Meet the team of trick and liberty horses and see just how clever they are

Pat and feed some of the animals commonly found on Northern Territory cattle stations

If you are lucky, you may even get to cuddle some of our baby farm animals

Enjoy live australian country music often performed from a different kind of stage!

Learn about the NT’s pastoral industry and history and its significance in the Top End today!

Have a chat with Tom and Annabel Curtain and the Katherine Outback Experience team

Show Types

2 Hour Outback Show

The Show includes real horse starting, working dog and horse liberty training demonstrations, the opportunity to pat and feed the station animals as well as some of Tom Curtain's chart toppings hits, often performed from the saddle. The show includes a few extra surprises (we don't want to give too much away) and concludes with the opportunity to catch up with the team.

  • Adult

    $ 65

    2hr Show

    18 To 59 years of age.

  • Senior

    $ 60

    2hr Show

    60 Years and over. Seniors card required.

  • Student

    $ 35

    2hr Show

    6 To 17 years of age. Student card may be requested for proof of age.

  • Child

    $ Free

    2hr Show

    Children 5 years and under are free

  • Family

    $ 180

    2hr Show

    2x Adults & 2x Students

2022 Opening Hours

May to October 2022

Monday: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday: No Show
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Thursday No Show
Friday 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Saturday (Selected): 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sunday No Show unless a Special Event

Click CHECK AVAILABILITY for alternative times and dates. Please contact us on 1300 818 612 or by email about alternative times and group bookings – you never know your luck!

Please note Katherine Outback Experience reserves the right to cancel / change shows if minimum booking numbers are not achieved. Guests will be offered an alternative date or full refund should this occur. To avoid the disappointment of shows being cancelled, we strongly recommend booking in advance.

Outback show FAQs

Yes! We are taking COVID-19 very seriously and are monitoring Government advice daily. We continue to alter our Policies in response to restrictions. We are taking all measures to minimise risk to guests and staff. This includes:

  • Maintaining a 1.5 metre separation at all times where guests are from different social cohorts
  • Daily cleaning of seating, toilets and equipment
  • Cashless transactions encouraged
  • Cleaning of helmets, saddles and bridles following horse rides
  • Availability of hand wash and sanitiser onsite

Please respect the health of our Team and do not enter our property under the following circumstances:

  • If you have COVID-19 or are symptomatic
  • If you are a close contact to a current case

We will happily reschedule your booking should any of the above circumstances occur.

Please consider the health and safety of our team to allow us to operate as well as members of our family who are too young to be vaccinated.

Itinerary for the 2 hour experience
May – October  2022| Katherine | Northern Territory
  • Gates open 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time
  • Guests check-in at the front desk and are invited to undertake a self-guided outdoor tour of the small farm animals while they wait for the show to commence
  • Guests are seated in our open-air undercover elevated seating overlooking the round yard (Arena 1)
  • The team provides a brief introduction about our story, history and the experience
  • A young horse is brought into the arena and our team get to work training the horse live in front of the audience, demonstrating the art of horse-starting. We explain the psychology between man and horse, showing how we build trust through comfort bubbles. If the horse is ready to progress, we will saddle and attempt to ride it, often for the first time. No horse is used more than three times in a show
  • We then move to our more advanced horses, demonstrating what can be achieved with ongoing training and patience (we don’t want to give too much away)
  • Our team of station animals including a buffalo, cattle, goats and a donkey are brought into the arena. We share some interesting facts about the NT pastoral industry and history and how it has shaped the NT’s culture together with adaptions of the station animals, before guests are invited to interact with the animals
  • Guests are then guided to our large arena (Arena 2) where we bring out our team of amazing working dogs. They are all different ages and temperaments, mostly border collies. We introduce each dog before showing how we train them to work as a team. If you are in luck, you may even see them muster the cattle
  • We then show how we train horses to work cattle and explain the purpose of this
  • The show is never complete without some of tom’s original songs, performed from the saddle, with guitar in hand and often at speed
  • At the conclusion of the show, guests are invited to pat and hold any baby animals we have at the time, chat with our team and purchase merchandise including Tom’s music which he will personally sign.

We strongly encourage guests to pre-book online in advance of their visit. Shows regularly sell-out, and even more so now there are social distancing requirements in place. It also allows us to notify guests if changes to the show occur.

The easiest way to book is online through our website. This is available 24/7 and kept very up to date.

We do take phone bookings from Monday to Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm during May to October, however due to our busy schedules, we are not always in the office or in reach of a laptop. Our office team are working mums who also assist in shows, horse rides and events. We are often juggling nappy changes, school runs and running errands. Emails are great as we can come back to them when we have a spare moment up our sleeve.

We require payment at the time of booking unless agreed otherwise with management.

We understand that plans change. We are happy to rebook your Outback Show at an alternative time and/ or date, issue a voucher to be used at a later date or provide a full refund for cancellations made at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of the show.

For cancellations made within 24 hours prior to the scheduled show, refunds will not be issued unless in extenuating circumstances as deemed by management.

Please note that bookings using the NT Tourism vouchers are subject to administration fees for amendments and cancellations.

Please contact us by email at or by phone on 1300 818 612.

Please note our Horse Riding Amendment/ Cancellation Policy is different to that of our Outback Shows. Please refer to the Horse Riding page.

The booking system we use applies a small booking fee that we are unable to absorb into the price. This fee was taken into consideration in pricing our services.

The online booking system allows instant bookings at any time of the day or night without the need to phone or email Katherine Outback Experience staff and await a reply. Unfortunately our small team does not have the current capacity to be in the office full time around meetings, feeding and training animals, running shows and lessons, and raising a young family.

The following outlines how to buy a Gift Card:

  1. Click ‘book now’ (all book now buttons take you to the same page)
  2. Choose ‘gift card’
  3. Select number of gift cards you wish to buy
  4. Choose one of the listed values or enter a custom value
  5. Enter the requested details

The gift card will be emailed to you and will include a unique booking code/ gift card number.

The value of a gift card does not need to be used in one booking. It can be used over a number of bookings and is valid for 3 years from date of purchase unless it is part of a special promotion. please note gift cards cannot be used on special events unless stated/ agreed otherwise with management.

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Recent Traveller Reviews
  • “Window into life in NT.”
  • “Awesome family experience”
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  • “HIGHLY RECOMMEND”

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