Things to do in Katherine, NT

Things To Do in Katherine by Katherine Outback Experience

We have pulled together a bucket list of things to do in Katherine

We often get asked what there is to do in Katherine other than the Gorge so we thought we would pull together a list of our favourite outback family friendly experiences and adventures in Katherine, NT!  As you will see, there is quite a few things to do in Katherine, NT and you will need a few days to get through it all!

Katherine Outback Experience

1. Annabel & Tom of Katherine Outback Experience. 2. Tom Curtain playing an original from a top of Oakes Bailey. 3. Lucy getting a pat from a young guest at a Katherine Outback Experience show.

1. Annabel & Tom of Katherine Outback Experience. 2. Tom Curtain playing an original from a top of Oakes Bailey. 3. Lucy getting a pat from a young guest at a Katherine Outback Experience show.

Tom Curtain’s Katherine Outback Experience is a 90 minute show celebrating life in the outback through real horse-breaking and working dog demonstrations entwined with live acoustic music and humorous bush tales. The show is in a constant state of evolution and is all about the training of the horses and dogs for working life on Australian cattle stations.  Things don’t always go to plan, but that’s part of the beauty of the show.  A fun, engaging and educational show for all ages and great for all levels of mobility.

Where: 115 Collins Road, Uralla, Katherine. 6km east of the Katherine Visitor Information Centre

When: April to the end of October

Website: www.katherineoutbackexperience.com.au

Tip: Guests are welcome to BYO drinks and nibbles. Tom does have a tenancy to go overtime so we recommend allowing yourself until 6:15-6:30pm to leave the show. Book online in advance to avoid the disappointment of a show booking out. Kids 5 years and under are FREE.

Edith/ Leliyn Falls

Edith Falls

Edith Falls is one of Katherine’s best swimming spots

Edith Falls is a stunning natural series of cascading waterfalls and pools on the Edith River in the Nitmiluk National Park, located approximately 60km north of Katherine, NT. The falls descend from an elevation of 176m above sea level and range in height between 8.7–12m. There are trails to the top of the escarpment, allowing visitors to view and swim in the waterfalls.

We love the short hike to the middle and top pools before cooling off in the beautiful fresh water (and crocodile-free) pools. Drop in at the gorgeous little Leliyn Edith Kiosk for a well deserved coffee or ice-cream. Entry is free however you will need a moderate level of mobility to get to the middle and upper pools. A great activity for kids!

Where: 40km north of Katherine off the Stuart Highway. Drive a further 20km until you get to the park.

When: All year subject to rainfall and flooding.

Website: https://nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park-to-visit/nitmiluk-national-park

Tip: The walk to the middle pool is up and down rocks so wear good walking shoes and take a water bottle and hat. You won’t be disappointed.

Top Didj Aboriginal Cultural Experience

There's a whole raft of hands on activities to be enjoyed at Top Didj Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Art Gallery

There’s a whole raft of hands on activities to be enjoyed at Top Didj Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Art Gallery

Experience a truly authentic indigenous cultural experience lead by indigenous artists from the Katherine and Red Centre Regions. This fantastic 2hr interpretive experience will not only teach you about our local indigenous culture but also provide you with many hands on activities such as:

  • Learning to make fire from sticks
  • Testing your skills at throwing boomerangs and spears
  • Painting your own piece of indigenous artwork – a perfect souvenir of your Top Didj Experience

Top Didj is also the home of the Katherine Art Gallery which stocks an extensive selection of Aboriginal paintings from the wider region of Katherine and beyond.

Where: Located on Gorge Road about 10 minutes from town at the corner of Gorge and Jaensch Roads.

When: May-November

Website: http://www.topdidj.com/

Tip: An experience the whole family can enjoy – you may even get to cuddle a wallaby!

Nitmiluk National Park

Tom and Annabel of Katherine Outback Experience at the stunning Nitmiluk Gorge

Tom and Annabel of Katherine Outback Experience at the stunning Nitmiluk Gorge

Just a 25 minute drive from the Katherine Town Centre, the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge (also known as Katherine Gorge) has endless opportunities the whole family can enjoy. You can choose from a range of gorge cruises including the dawn cruise, NitNit Dreaming 2 Gorge Cruise, Timeless Land 3 Gorge Cruise and Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner cruise. Alternatively you may wish to hike one of the many trails or spend the day canoeing on the beautiful Katherine River. The Nitmiluk Visitor Centre has an extensive range of merchandise and souvenirs as well as a bistro.

Where: Nitmiluk Visitor Centre – 25 minutes from Katherine.

When: All year round subject to flooding

Website: http://www.nitmiluktours.com.au

Tip: Wear comfortable footware on the boat cruises as there is some walking over rocks. Check canoeing is open before arriving.

Marksie’s Stockman’s Camp Tucker Night

Marksie's Stockman's Camp Tucker Night

Marksie’s Stockman’s Camp Tucker Night

Dine under the phenomenal Top End stars where you will enjoy a unique three course meal cooked in camp ovens using local Top End produce, celebrating both Aboriginal and stockman culture and history. Your tastebuds will be tantalised as owner operator (and head chief) Marksie shares his culinary experiences and spins a few humorous bush yarns.

Where: Located on Gorge Road about 10 minutes from town at the corner of Gorge and Jaensch Roads.

When:  April- October

Website: http://www.marksiescamptucker.com.au

Tip: Drinks are BYO and bookings are essential.

Cutta Cutta Caves

Cutta Cutta Caves

Cutta Cutta Caves

Delve 15m below the surface to discover the limestone caves formed millions of years ago. Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park is located 30km south of Katherine and covers 1,499 hectares of karst limestone landscape, found in only a few locations in northern Australia.

Cutta Cutta Caves is home to a variety of native wildlife, including the brown tree snake and the rare orange horseshoe bat. The park is open year-round subject to seasonal conditions.

Where: 20 minute drive east from Katherine towards Mataranka just off the Stuart Highway

When: Open all year round subject to the weather

Website: https://www.nitmiluktours.com.au/book-a-tour/cutta-cutta-caves-nature-park

Katherine School of the Air Tour

Take a tour of the world’s biggest classroom!  At the School of the Air, 1.5km from the Katherine town centre, you can listen in on a class and see how 170 kids from preschool to Year 9 are educated in areas where there is no physical school.  The 60 minute tours take you through the history of Distance Education in the Northern Territory and the way technology has shaped the school. VIP behind the scenes guided tours are held once a day which take you into the classrooms for a closer look at what goes on.

Where: 101 Giles Street. Katherine, NT 0851

When: Open Monday to Friday from April to October.

Website: http://ksa.nt.edu.au/

Gecko Canoeing & Trekking

Experience the outback with Gecko Canoeing and Trekking

Experience the outback with Gecko Canoeing and Trekking

Gecko Canoeing’s award inning ‘River Tour Range’ enables you to experience the Katherine River at its best. Comfortable down-stream touring, incredible wildlife close-ups and relaxing camping with chairs and tables and someone to cook and do the dishes for you. Sleep under a blanket of stars and wake to a chorus of birds (and a hot cup of coffee) – what more could you ask for!

Gecko Canoeing & Trekking offers a range of tour options designed and priced to suit your needs. Some of the tours include:

  • Katherine River 3 Day
  • Katherine Flora Daly 6 Day
  • Ord River 5 Day
  • Wickham River 6 Day
  • Heli-Kayaking
  • Nitmiluk Gorge Descent

Where: Katherine

When: April-October

Website:  http://geckocanoeing.com.au/

Tip: Mick knows his birds and wildlife – we could sit listening to his stories for hours!

Helispirit

See Nitmiluk National Park and Gorge from the sky with Helispirit

See Nitmiluk National Park from the sky with Helispirit. Katherine Outback Experience’s Annabel was lucky enough to have a tour over the gorges and loved it!

Discover Nitmiluk National Park from the sky with Helispirit scenic flights, giving a bird’s eye view of the stunning ancient landscape of gorges, plateaus and seasonal waterfalls. Choose from an 8, 12, 15, 20, 30 or 45 minute flight. The tours will all show you a different perspective of this network of gorges carved into the earth’s surface. The longer flights show off Arnhem Land and the Jatbula Trail as well as 17 Mile Falls and 17 Mile Creek.

Keep an eye out for wild brumbies and buffalo!

The departure point is 1425 Gorge Road, Katherine at the Maude Creek Airfield. The airfield is outside of Nitmiluk National Park which means if you are traveling with pets, they can be left in the shade at the base whilst you fly.

Where: 1425 Gorge Road, Katherine

When: All year round subject to weather conditions

Website: www.helispirit.com.au

Katherine Museum

The Katherine Museum collects and preserves the region’s cultural heritage and artifacts.  The Katherine Museum works with the tourism industries in the development of the Museums precinct and visitation areas.

The historical building was the passenger terminal and air radio building for the Katherine Aerodrome. It was used for 30 years from 1945 until the Aerodrome officially closed in 1975. Services were moved to the present site at Tindal.

Visitors are welcome to sit and feel the tranquillity in the gardens and surroundings. Bring your own chair and a book if you feel like spending time in the gardens away from a busy life.

 Where: Lot 2922, Gorge Rd Katherine, 3km from the town centre

When: Open daily

Website: http://www.katherinemuseum.com

Katherine Hot Springs

A little hidden gem in the heart of town - Katherine Hot Springs

A little hidden gem in the heart of town – Katherine Hot Springs

Take a refreshing dip in the Katherine Hot Springs. These natural thermal springs are situated on the banks of the Katherine River, within the Katherine township, and comprise of a series of clear pools framed by native vegetation.  The Hot Springs pump from deep within the earth at a mild temperature. The terminology ‘hot springs’ is probably stretching the truth a bit, ‘tepid’ would probably fit the bill better. Nonetheless, at a comfortable temperature of 32C it makes the springs very enjoyable and relaxing.

The Town Council has been busy beautifying and restoring the Hot Springs Precinct and associated walking tracks along the Katherine River corridor. The main pool now has a gravel bed that keeps the water crystal clear. There are also guide rails and wheel chair access. At the top of the springs is the Pop Rocket Café which serves an assortment of light meals and drinks.

This is certainly an activity the whole family can enjoy for FREE!

Where: Riverbank Drive, Katherine South

When: All year round subject to flooding

Website: http://www.ktc.nt.gov.au/Council-Facilities/Parks-Reserves

Tip: Turn a trip to the Hot Springs into a family picnic!

 

Have you got other experiences or activities to add to our list of family friendly things to do in Katherine? Leave us a comment below to let others know what else you recommend.  Tune in for more blog posts about night-life activities and best eats in the Katherine region.

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