Katherine Travel Guide

  • Low Level Nature Park
    Low Level Nature Park
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  • Katherine Visitor Information Center
    Katherine Visitor Information Center
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  • Memorial to Men & Women of the Outback
    Memorial to Men & Women of the Outback
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Katherine Things to Do

  • Sabu Sing – The Katherine Icon

    Located across a small park from the excellent Katherine Visitors centre is an equestrian mounted statue of Sabu Peter Sing. There is a panel in the visitors centre that reads:“This magnificent one and a half times life-sized bronze statue, a project of the Northern Territory Cattlemans Association for 2002 – the Year of the Outback, was...

  • West End of Low Level Nature Park

    The west end of the Low Level Nature Park is the less developed and less crowded part of the Park. There was a shallow place near the shore of the Katherine River that would be good for kids to swim. However, there were quite a few flying-foxes on the other side of the river. They were a little noisy at midday. Who knows what it would be like in...

  • Low Level Nature Park

    Zig (1+1) and I stopped at the Low Level Nature Park in Katherine on our way back to Darwin on 26 Aug 2010. It was lunchtime and the Park is a nice place for a picnic. We were still trying to finish the leftovers from the 2010 VT Meet in Alice Springs. Actually Rosie's bean salad, some cheese, and chips & salsa made a tasty lunch. We were there...

  • Flying-Foxes at Low Level Nature Park

    The Northern Territory Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts, and Sports (NRETAS) website has an excellent article about flying-foxes in Katherine. The little red flying-fox and the black flying-fox are protected species. They may be interesting to see and hear as a visitor but they are not that convenient to have around for the locals. Their...

  • Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park)

    Guessing the Katherine Gorge is the reason why probably 90% of visitors stay in the town located along the main north-south Stuart Highway. The famous gorge is actually some 30 kilometres from town along a very well maintained road that traverses a rural landscape that is watered in part by the Katherine River. After some 20 + kilometres the road...

  • Low Level Bridge Historic Engineering...

    The Katherine Museum gives us some Low Level Bridge history: "As an urgent war task, the North – South road (renamed Stuart Highway in 1943) was upgraded and sealed. Work around Katherine was undertaken by the NSW DMR. In 1941 they constructed the Katherine – Adelaide River section and in June/July 1942 the Low Level Bridge/weir, a concrete bridge...

  • Memorial to Men & Women of the Outback

    The statue by Archie St. Clair for the Memorial to the Men and Women of the Outback is on the east side of Katherine just off the Stuart Highway. The Katherine Visitor Information Center is nearby across the bridge over the creek (see the first picture). The plaque on the Memorial says:"Dedicated to men and women of the Outback in appreciation for...

  • Katherine Visitor Information Center

    Zig (1+1) and I arrived in Katherine around 12:35 on 26 Aug 2010 on our way back to Darwin. While he was fueling up, I walked around the area by the Katherine Visitor Information Center. I did not have time to go inside but the Center looked really nice on the outside. There are some impressive Aboriginal sculptures and an informative signboard on...

  • Nitmiluk Tours Failed and Did Not Care

    Before my trip to the 2010 VT Meet and Survivor Camp in 2010, I decided to fly into Darwin and use the Greyhound Croc Stopover Package to get from Darwin to Alice Springs. At 269 AUD, it was reasonably priced and included coach travel between Darwin and Alice Springs with 2 stops. One stop was optional and the other was an all inclusive stay at the...

  • Katherine Low Level Bridge

    The Katherine Low Level Bridge was built across the Katherine River during World War II when it was part of the Stuart Highway. Zig (1+1) and I were there on 26 Aug 2010, which is during the dry season. Then, the bridge was about six feet above the water level; however, it is under water during the most of the wet season (December- April) when the...


    Go a little east of Katherine and rent a canoe on the gorge, but don't get too near the nesting crocodiles. While you are swimming don't worry too much , we survived.

  • Long Hole

    En route to Sweetwater there's an even better swimming hole called Long Hole. Here you can even dive in a some points but, as always, check the depth first.This is an excellent water hole and I sampled it on the way back to Edith Falls. There's even a little beach where you can rest and sunbake awhile.Because the waterfall drop is a little further...


Katherine Hotels

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  • Beagle Motor Inn

    Fourth And Lindsay St,, NT 0850, Katherine, 0851, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Best Western Pine Tree Motel

    I wouldn't have given this hotel such a bad rating but for one little thing that means alot to me....

  • Paraway Motel

    Corner O'Shea Terrace And First Street, Katherine, Australia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Katherine Restaurants

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    New Shanghai Chinese restaurant: - cheap, cheerful but great food.

    by sirgaw Written Aug 21, 2012

    Apart from a couple of international fast food ‘joints’ and 2 pubs, Katherine is not over endowed with eating establishments – well along the main drag. There might be other places to eat and perhaps the best options may be in one of the many accommodation establishments ‘in town.’

    We did decide to eat at one of the very few places other than above and located on the main Stuart highway - New Shanghai Chinese restaurant.

    Apart from the being one of the very few places to eat, it had a couple of cop cars outside, the police occupants of which were waiting for their evening meal inside – usually a good sign that the food is reasonable. We also saw a few ‘other characters’ getting their tucker – maybe this establishment was a sort of ‘no war zone’ where crims and cops could mingle in a sort of undeclared and unwritten amnesty. (Sometimes Sir Gaw can be big on conspiracy theories - LOL)

    We ordered our meals from the young Asian woman and I made the fatal mistake of going and getting my own can of drink from the fridge – “That’s my job,” she protested. So I handed her the can for her to hand back to me – peace resumed.

    While waiting for our meal there was a steady stream of ‘locals’ walking past, but I believe we were reasonably safe from becoming part of the food chain.

    Our meals arrived and we really did baulk at the huge sized plates of steaming great tasting Asian food. I happened to notice a safety vest clad construction or mine worker sitting down to tackle his take away plastic container of Chinese tucker, which he was having trouble opening. With a ‘pop’ and a stream of hot food landing on him I asked if that was why he had a safety vest – LOL

    It is a fun place to eat and very cheap too.

    Photo taken in the morning when business closed

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Katherine Transportation

  • Katherine Greyhound Bus Station

    When Zig (1+1) and I went from the Visitor Information Center to the Low Level Nature Park on 26 Aug 2010, we passed the Katherine Transit Center and I took a couple of pictures. It is where the Greyhound bus stops and fuels up. On my way down to Alice Springs on 5 Aug 2010, this is where Nitmiluk Tours refused to pick me up when the bus arrived...

  • Darwin International Airport (DRW)

    Katherine is located 320km southeast of Darwin, but this is probably the most logical place to fly into when visiting.Darwin International Airport (DRW) is probably the smallest of Australia's International Airports. It is however a nice little place for a layover believe it or not.I prefer to fly with oneWorld Carriers (AA, British Airways,...

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Katherine Shopping

  • Real Aboriginal Artifacts

    The Mimi Gallery is an Aboriginal owned artists cooperative so what you get here is truly local and reflects local knowedge and experience.Artists are often at the galllery working so you can get to talk to locals about their homeland and art.The gallery was set up to help local aboriginal people, you will only find original pieces here (no Made in...

  • NT rare rock shop

    I used to have a rock collection many moons ago. I was hoping to do some gem fossiking on our journey across the top end of Australia.So far, I had only visited one gem shop at Mataranka. Sadly I didn't get to do any gem fossiking in Queensland around the Georgetown area. Anyway we left the river and headed back into town the long way .....Zig was...

  • Katherine Shopping Centre

    This sign made me laugh :o) Target 'Country' indeed?..... WTF has 'Country' got to do with Target?.... lolTarget in Aussieland is just Target..... a typical department store :o) ....Has Katherine claimed the right to be Target Country?..... Personally, I dunno....and I don't really care..... it was just funny at the time.... haha. :o)Anyway, having...


Katherine Warnings and Dangers


    KATHERINE Travelling up here and anywhere outback I am never without a strong Insect and Mosquito repellant. Most annoying are the flies during the heat of the day.. Spray the outside of your hat and the back of your shirt with a good dose of Insect repellant usually keeps them at bay.. but in the evening the mosquitos are the most annoying . The...


    KATHERINE Katherine is located in the middle of the Northern Territory in what "aussies "call "outback" it gets really hot and humid out here. Make sure that when you are out and about here that you always carry a good supply of fresh bottled drinking water..Due to extreme heat and humidity it is easy to get dehydration...this can happen after...

  • Crocodiles and Snakes

    Do not ever be blase about crocs and snakes when in the territory.They are dangerous and can kill.There are both salt water and fresh water crocs in the Katherine area - learn about the differences. Not that it means you can swim in "freshie"waters. Crocodiles can, and will, attack on land so learn about their habits before wandering into...


Katherine Tourist Traps

  • Aboriginal arts and crafts

    Before you spend big money (or any money) on aboriginal artifacts or paintings, know what you want and get a rough idea of prices and then decide what you are willing to pay.You will often find people in the streets or parks or even communities (if you get to visit one) with artifacts for sale - often at exhorbitant prices. There are many...

  • Wanting a hand out...money, alcohol,...

    Unfortunately there are still many people, mostly aboriginal, in the area wanting handouts from tourists.Please do not encourage this by giving out "gifts". There are strict guidelines about drinking alcohol in the streets and public areas and you could be fined for giving alcohol.Spending quite a bit of time working in these areas I am well aware...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Katherine What to Pack

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    Waterproof bags

    by littleman Written Nov 11, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Waterproof sealable bags should be taken as getting in and out of boats/canoes could prove hazardous to your belongings

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Katherine Off The Beaten Path

  • Stuart Highway and The Ghan Rail Line

    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...

  • Nitmiluk Visitors Information Centre

    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...


    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...


Katherine General

  • Katherine Tourist Information Centre

    This is the first place we visited on arrival at Katherine and I can totally recommend it!The staff were very friendly and helpful. They found accommodation straight away and booked it on the spot. We said that we were thinking of doing a helicopter flight over the gorges and they immediately recommended Heli-Muster and before we knew it ..... we...

  • Map of Katherine & Nitmiluk National...

    Please click on the link for a map to help find your way around Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park

  • The Big Barramundi

    Not to sure if this is the biggest Barramundi in Australia but with our obsession for Large things I thought I'd take apicture anyways. Somewhere in the streets of Katherine but not to sure exactly where, Giles Street I'd hazard a guess?


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