Love to travel by water? Welcome to paradise. With its abundant waterways, including rivers, gorges, pools and waterfalls, this region is where the outback meets the tropics. For fabulous views of remote and dramatic scenery, a boat journey is a must on your Northern Territory itinerary.
Experience the tranquillity of a river boat cruise. Get the most out of your time on a half-day, full-day, overnight or sunset trip. Trawl along Katherine River through Nitmuluk National Park, moving deeper into the pristine wilderness of the stunning Katherine Gorge. Experience the varied and ever-changing landscapes, from dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches to pandanus-lined channels, and meet the local wildlife, including cockatoos, eagles and wallabies. Take a cultural cruise to learn about the history of the local indigenous people. Stop for swimming and refreshments and be transported back to town.
For adventure seekers, hit the river by canoe or kayak. Nitmuluk National Park, and the Katherine, Roper, Daly and Flora Rivers all offer superb opportunities. Bring your own gear or hire a single or double canoe. Paddle or let yourself drift through the diverse river scenery and wildlife. Stop along the way for picnics and swimming, stay overnight and sleep in a swag beneath the stars.
Launch your own boat
Head out from a boat ramp in Elsey National Park along the serene Roper River to explore historic sites, enjoy top-notch fishing and relax in warm, crystal clear pools. Cruise along the Flora River for a tranquil waterway expedition lined by dense vegetation and extraordinary tufa formations at Kathleen and Djarrung Falls.
The river by season
Rivers rise during December to April, which can restrict some activities. Cruises vary from season to season, but offer spectacular opportunities year-round. Canoeing and kayaking are generally undertaken between May and November.