April to October | Katherine | Northern Territory
We welcome you to enjoy Tom Curtain's Katherine Outback Experience, an outback show that provides a unique window into the inner workings of life on a cattle station through real horse-starting and working dog demonstrations, live music and story telling.
This is not your standard 'show' or 'tour' - rather it is an experience. It is raw and real, the same as if an audience was not present. This outdoor hands-on experience is located on an operating farm, just 6kms south of Katherine. From the comfort of shaded elevated seating, guests watch and learn as the young horses and working dogs are trained for life on the land. No horse is used more than three times in a show and no show is the same. The team explain the psychology behind the process, highlighting what can be achieved from a relationship built on trust.
Guests are also invited to pat and feed the station animals including Bernie the Buffalo, Cecil the Mule and Tin Shaker the Brahman Steer. The show wouldn't be completed without colourful stories from the team's experiences of living and working on the land, together with some of Tom's original award winning songs.
See our standard tour itinerary below.
What You Can Expect To See and Do
Be captivated as Tom works with a young wild 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 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 by 2018 two-time Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain
Learn about the pastoral industry and its significance in the Top End
Have a chat with Tom and Annabel Curtain and the Katherine Outback Experience Team
Please note the booking system we use applies a small booking fee that we are unable to absorb into the show price. This fee covers costs for the third party.
Standard 90 Minute Show
(Monday, Friday & selected Saturdays)
Adults: $50 | Seniors: $45 | Students 6-17 years: $25 | Children 5 years & U: Free
Extended 2.5 Hour Show including Morning or Afternoon Tea
(every Tuesday and Wednesday)
Adults: $60 | Seniors: $55 | Students: $30 | Children 5 years & U: Free
2019 Opening Hours
April to October
Monday | Friday | selected Saturdays | 4:30-6:00pm | Gates open 4:15pm
Tuesdays | 9:30am - 12:00pm | Gates open 9:15am
Wednesdays | 2:30 - 5:00pm | Gates open 2:15pm
June to August
Friday | 9:30am - 12:00pm | Gates open 9:15am
Saturday | 1:10pm - 3:40pm | Gates open 12:55pm
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 recommend booking in advance.
Itinerary for the Standard 1.5 Hour Experience
April - October | Katherine | Northern Territory
As this is an outdoor operating farm, all experiences are subject to change depending on the farm animals available and weather conditions. No one show is the same.
- Gates open 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time
- Guests are seated outdoors in the shaded elevated seating overlooking the round yard (arena 1)
- The team provides a brief introduction about our story, history and show
- A young horse is brought into the arena and the 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 the 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, steer, mule and donkey are brought into the arena. We share some interesting facts about the pastoral industry and adaptions of our station characters, before guests are invited to interact with the animals
- Guests are then directed 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 the team and purchase merchandise including Tom's music which he will personally sign.
Our 2.5 hour Extended Experience follows the same format as the 1.5 hour experience however the team expand on aspects of the show including the horse-starting and working dog demonstrations. It also includes 30 minutes of morning tea on Tuesdays and 30 minutes of afternoon tea on Wednesdays following the show.