Katherine Gorge, Katherine, NT

Katherine Gorge, Katherine, NT     

 

The paddle

 

The launch point is the boat ramp, which is adjacent to the canoe hire. You can paddle up the gorges as far as your available time. However you should note the need for portages between the various gorges.

 

How to get there

 

Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park is located in the top end of AustraliaÕs National Territory. The ParkÕs main entrance is located 30 km northeast of Katherine via a sealed road. Katherine is located 310 km south of Darwin along the Stuart Highway.

 

Distance/Time to allow

 

You can organise a canoe trip for an hour, half day, full day or overnight.

 

What to expect Ð water conditions, etc

 

The upper gorges are accessible to canoes but portage can be quite strenuous, especially when the river is low. Canoes and gear have to be carried over the crossovers between the various gorges.

 

The most comfortable months to visit are May to September as the wet season causes flooding of the Katherine River and restrictions on activities available.

 

Canoes can be hired, though you are allowed to use your own canoe provided you register at the centre first (fee required).

 

Camping facilities, accommodation, etc

 

There are two types of camping in the Park that you can use as base at the Gorge or Edith Falls.

 

There are designated camping sites that you can use on an overnight paddle provided you register early enough (and pay the required fee).

 

Other attractions in the area

 

Information on the flora, fauna, geology, walks, activities and other points of interest can be found in the Nitmiluk Centre at Katherine Gorge.

 

Other useful information

 

Information on the Nitmiluk National Park can be accessed at:

 

http://www.nt.gov.au/ipe/conmgt/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewPark&page=1&menu=ParkRes&pid=88#7           

 

A map of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) can be accessed at:

 

http://www.nt.gov.au/ipe/conmgt/images/nitmiluk.pdf    

 

Katherine Canoe Club paddle on this creek regularly and if you are local joining the club is a good way to find out about other secret canoe trips and to enjoy the company of like minded paddlers.