At the centre of this magnificent national park is Katherine Gorge. Often seen as 13 separate gorges, it is in fact one continuous fissure carved by the Katherine River, twisting and turning.
The river is hemmed by craggy, vibrant orange walls adorned by rock art and the whole area is home to an abundance of birdlife as well as the occasional skulking freshwater crocodile.
Exploring Nitmiluk National Park
For solitude you can hire a canoe and paddle your way through as many of the turns as your energy allows, or there are a number of boat trips of varying length.
Bushwalkers are welcomed and there are a network of walking tracks. At Leliyn, a five kilometre walk leads around a forested pool to the pretty Edith Falls which cascades into three refreshing swimming holes.
For avid walkers, the 66 kilometre Jatbula Trail across the park to Edith Falls is known as one of Australia’s most awesome hikes. The town of Katherine is around 30 kilometres from the park and is the ideal base from which to explore the area. Accommodation standards, however, can be somewhat limited.