Things to do, Katherine & Surrounds, Northern Territory, Australia

Camping, Katherine & surrounds

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Smitt Rock, Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia

Find a quiet spot on the sand or red dirt. Lie down beneath the vast midnight sky with its countless twinkling stars, and zip yourself up in a comfortable swag. If you like camping, you'll love camping outback style. Have the best sleep of your life and experience a unique part of Territory lifestyle.

Whatever your style

Whether you prefer sleeping in cabins or caravans in an established campground, or dossing down in a swag around a fire in a remote pocket of national park, Katherine has options to suit every taste and level of comfort.

Guided tours are a great way to camp in the region's pristine and isolated areas without needing your own gear, and to learn about traditional ways from Aboriginal guides. Camp for just one night on a weekend visit to the Gorge, spend a few nights in the one spot, or pitch your tent each night at dusk on a multiday trek.

Closer to nature

Get amidst the incredible natural habitat. Watch for turtles at Sweetwater Pool. Discover bandicoots, quolls and flying foxes near the thermal pools at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas Hot Springs Park). The Flora River Nature Park is rich in wildlife as well as featuring magnificent tufa rock formations, waterfalls, large natural springs, and casuarina trees. Dramatic Katherine Gorge brims with wallabies, water monitors, eagles and cockatoos.

Do it your way

Reach your campsite by hiking or 4WDing across striking terrain, or canoeing and cruising along one of the area's magical rivers. Hikers tackling the Jatbula Trail in Nitmuluk National Park have ample opportunity to stop for the night. Idyllic spots such as stunning Leliyn (Edith Falls) and spectacular Crystal Falls lie an easy distance from campsites. Shady Camp pool offers a peaceful and shady spot beside a billabong, perfect for cooling off with a swim.

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