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

Rail journeys, Katherine & surrounds

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Pine Creek Station, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia

Whether on your way from top to bottom or bottom to top, getting off the train at Katherine is a must. Almost 3000kms long, the Ghan's route passes through the centre of the continent, visiting Katherine and some of the Territory’s most spectacular destinations along the way.

Off the rails

After disembarking The Ghan it's simply a matter of picking your next mode of transport, be it coach, four-wheel drive, cruise boat, or helicopter. Organise a whistle-stop tour of Katherine and take a short, guided coach-tour or shuttle-bus in to town. From there, choose to visit the area's famous sights (including the spectacular Katherine Gorge), explore the region's history, or take your pick of a wide range of adventure activities.

Within easy reach

Sit down on the banks of the great Katherine River, which has started its journey in the world-renowned Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park) and experience the place where the Outback and the tropics meet. Take a day-trip north to Pine Creek and discover its gold-mining heritage dating back to the 1800s. Or head south to Mataranka, famous for its tropical thermal pool and the Elsey National Park nearby.

Further afield

For those with more time on their hands, there are great fishing, camping and four-wheel drive spots not too far from Katherine. The Victoria River region, south west of Katherine, is well known as a premier fishing holiday destination, as well as having excellent four-wheel drive tracks and camp sites. Heading north, the Daly River region, with its hot springs, gorges and rivers, is perfect for fishing and camping travellers, while the remote Gulf region, east of Katherine, is ideal for adventurous anglers who enjoy fishing in remote rivers.

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