A trip to the Northern Territory is not complete without visiting the spectacular “Nitmiluk Gorge”. It features some of the most stunning gorge scenery in the Northern Territory, with raging waterfalls (in season), a myriad of wildlife and simply breathtaking views of the Jawoyn country.
Nitmiluk Gorge winds along 12km of sheer rock most more than 70m high. Consisting of 13 separate gorges, Nitmiluk Gorge is a maze of waterways sculpted from the sandstone over countless millennia by the Katherine River. Nitmiluk Tours is the specialist agent; with a great variety of tours that allow you immerse yourself in the history, rugged beauty and culture of this majestic region. Cruise, canoe, walk, fly, swim & embrace Nitmiluk Gorge - a breathtaking centrepiece of the Northern Territory.
Nitmiluk Tours operate a variety of boat tours in the Nitmiluk Gorge system, ranging from the popular two gorge cruise, to half day and full day safaris. Tours depart from the boat ramp and can be booked at the Nitmiluk Visitors Centre, although it is advisable to pre-book tours 24-48hrs prior to avoid disappointment; especially during peak season.
A helicopter ride is an excellent way to discover the gorge and view the national park from above. Flights of eight minutes and longer are available and provide magnificent views of the Arnhem Land Plateau and gorge system. Trips are available for up to three passengers with a minimum of two people.
Canoes can be hired at the gorge for half day, full day or overnight use. Private canoes can be used in the gorge but only after registering and paying a small fee at the Nitmiluk Visitors Centre first. The upper gorges are accessible to canoes but portage can be quite strenuous as canoes and equipment must be carried over the rock bars between each gorge. There are several designated camping areas for overnight canoeists. Numbers are restricted and registration is required.
There are numerous walking tracks in the national park offering a variety of experiences from riverbank strolls to spectacular overnight and extended hikes up to 66 kilometres in length. Overnight walkers are required to register with rangers at the Nitmiluk Visitors Centre.
There are two options for holiday campers; either use one of the well serviced sites at Nitmiluk Gorge or Leliyn (Edith Falls) or for canoeists and walkers bush camping sites can be utilised. Bush campers are charged a small fee and should check at the Nitmiluk Visitors Centre for the availability of drinking water and location of toilets. Campfires are permitted only at bush camping sites away from the gorge system. No open campfires are permitted in the gorge system.
Private powered vessels are prohibited from the gorge system from 1 June to 31 August. At other times, unless the river is closed due to the wet season, private vessels are restricted to the first gorge. Vessels must maintain a speed of under seven nautical miles per hour and be under four metres in length, with a motor smaller than 10 hp. Normal waterway rules apply. All private vessels must be registered at the Nitmiluk Visitors Centre prior to launching. Fees apply.
Fishing is a popular pastime for many visitors to the Gorge. Normal barramundi fishing controls apply. No bait fishing is permitted, use lures only. Common species of fish found in the gorge are Black Bream (Sooty Grunter), Barramundi, Bream, Mullet and Catfish.
For your safety and comfort in the Australian outback:
- Observe park safety signs
- Swim only where recommended, observe warning signs
- Carry and drink plenty of water
- Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
- Wear suitable clothing and footwear
- Carry a first aid kit
- Avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
- Put your rubbish in the bin or take it away with you
- Keep to designated roads and tracks
- All cultural items and wildlife are protected
- Do not touch the Aboriginal art sites
- Pets are not permitted in this Park
- Nets, traps and firearms are not permitted
- Avoid using soaps and detergent in or near waterways
- Camp only in designated camping areas
- Generators are not permitted in this National Park
- Observe all fishing regulations. There is no fishing permitted at Edith Falls