Southern Rockhole, Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia

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Vast and diverse, the Katherine region is where the outback meets the tropics, adventure meets relaxation, and the outdoors meets culture. Take part in one of the area's colourful festivals, cruise the local markets, and wander museums and galleries. Hit the water, hike the dramatic terrain, and then tuck in to a Territory-style meal.

The great outdoors

There are plenty of thrills, spills and leisure time to be had. Take the Ghan for a memorable overland train ride to Katherine. Ramp up the excitement with a scenic flight above Katherine Gorge. Head out on a daytime or sunset river cruise, launch a boat or hire a canoe for the day. Encounter native birds and animals, and witness the area's astounding and unique geological formations. Cast a line for a giant barramundi, swim in thermal springs and beneath gushing cascades, and camp on sandy river banks. Don't forget to watch for crocs.

Indigenous art and culture

Katherine plays a significant role as a meeting place for indigenous peoples. Gain insight into indigenous history and culture in the town's museums and galleries. Try your hand at traditional crafts in a cultural festival, and tour an Aboriginal community to learn about bush medicine, bush tucker, and watch local artists at work. Throughout the regions' national parks, you can trace incredible Dreamtime stories in ancient rock art.

Live like a local

Be sure not to miss Katherine's popular and quirky festivals and events. Spend the day mingling with the locals at a music muster, goldrush festival, rodeo meet, or get involved with the annual canoe marathon. Sample fresh, local produce at the community market, and pick up a craft souvenir to take back home. Rest up with a beverage and meal at one of the local pubs for a true Territory dining experience.

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