Originally, Katherine was connected to Darwin via the North Australia Railway, a narrow gauge railway which was completed in 1926. It fell into disuse and was eventually closed and the tracks lifted. In 2003 the line was replaced with standard gauge as part of extending the line to Alice Springs north to Darwin. Now, The Ghan, run by Great Southern Railway, operates on the new extension between Adelaide and Darwin. It arrives twice weekly in each direction and has a scheduled stop in Katherine. The Stuart Highway happens to cross over the rail line about 10 km northeast of Katherine.
After our chopper ride, Zig took us out a bit futher to the gateway to the Gorges...... Nitmiluk Visitors Information Centre.
This place was lovely! ...and the info centre well presented and a pleasure to wander around in :o) I've noticed this in the Northern Territory.... their visitors info centres are excellant!! .... no tight budget here!! :o)
So I recommend that you visit this place. As I said from the outset.... I wish that we had spent more than 1 day here in Katherine.... because I would have loved to come here to Nitmiluk and perhaps hired a canoe and done a bushwalk.....etc. Seeing it from the air in the chopper and hearing Zig's stories ..... well.... I guess it's one of those places that you just want to come back to..... ;o)
There's always next time..... :o)
This park is located about 130 kms from Katherine. It is jointly owned by the Wagiman Aborigines and the Parks & Wildlife. Here, in amongst the dry bush, is a creek of running hot water, some of it extremely hot. Make sure you test the temperature before going in it, some pools are 60c. Quite a few animals and birds are attracted to here. The park is an important area for Aboriginal Women's ceremonies, and it may be closed when they need it. It is quite a pretty spot and relatively unknown by tourists.
We did this for three days with a group of nine of us (including our guide)
It was an experience - an interesting one to say the least.
None of my family are real roughing it camping people - so looking back
on it now it was quite amusing. We had the best tour guide called Snowey,
he was a great guy who told us great stories and looked after us for the entire
journey. You get to see some amazing things - such as crocodiles rising up beside
your canoe, you get to go down small rapids and really experience the true
camping experience ie. pitching tents, no toilets, cooking a meal, waking up with
crocodile footprints around your tents, now showers and lots and lots of physical
Lets just say i was happy to get back to a hotel and a hot shower. But it was a great
The Tracks around Katherine gorge can be extremely rocky and hard on the feet , i was probably the only person i saw with a pair of thongs or as some people callem flip flops :) i regreted it my feet were very saw and i was lucky they didnt break , so make sure you where a good pair of shoes ,personally i like joggers as i find them more comfortable than boots etc .Dont let any of this put you off though i saw alot elderly people hiking on these trails just take it slow .