A trip to the Northern Territory is not complete without visiting the spectacular “Nitmiluk Gorge” – home to some of the most stunning gorge scenery in the Northern Territory, with raging waterfalls, a myriad of wildlife and simply breathtaking views of the Jawoyn country. Here your ultimate Australian outback adventure really starts.
Love to travel by water? Welcome to paradise. With its abundant waterways, including rivers, gorges, pools and waterfalls, the Katherine region offers views of remote and dramatic scenery, and a boat journey is a must on your Northern Territory itinerary. Trawl along Katherine River through Nitmiluk National Park and take in the dramatic scenery as you move deeper into the stunning Nitmiluk 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.
For a true outback adventure, hit the river by canoe or kayak. Nitmiluk 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.
For hikers seeking an outback adventure, walks over the sandstone plateau range in Nitmiluk National Park range from an hour to five days and offer spectacular views of the gorge, as well as other landscapes. Some, like the 58 kilometre Jatbula Trail, take in most of Nitmiluk's landscapes - monsoon rainforest, stone country, upland swamp, woodland and river – while the shorter walks may not be quite so varied, but are always spectacular.
Or take to the skies and enjoy a view usually reserved for the birds. The Territory boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth, but they can't all be reached by road or rail. With a huge range of charter plane and helicopter tours to choose from, you'll enjoy views usually reserved for the birds and truly experience an Australian outback adventure.
Another advantage of taking to the skies is gaining access to areas that are otherwise difficult to get to. The size and scale of the Northern Territory means you can find yourself hovering over, and landing in places not visited by another human in decades – including some of the region's most beautiful terrain.