Can you walk around Katherine Gorge?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 12/05/2023

Reading time: 2 mins

Katherine has all kinds of walks you can experience from short to longer hikes. 

Katherine Gorge, also known as Nitmiluk Gorge, is a large area that includes 13 gorges that weaves through sandstone in the Northern Territory.

The Gorge is about a four-hour drive from Darwin and can be explored by walking, on a cruise, or even in a helicopter.

What should I bring on a walk?

Depending on the length of the walk determines what you need to bring. The longer the walk, you will want to bring more items in case of an emergency.

The basics you will need are good walking shoes, a water bottle, a phone with maps, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

What walks are there?

You can expect there to be short 40-minute walks to full-day hikes and even multi-day hikes. You can spend the day exploring some of the most incredible natural scenery in the Northern Territory.

It is always advised to go for these walks earlier in the day as it can start to get too hot around midday.

Baruwei Lookout

The Baruwei Lookout walk is a short hour walk with a 1.8-kilometre return. You will come across views of the nearby picnic area and of course Nitmiluk Gorge.

There is also an extended part of this walk that adds an extra hour.

Jatbula Trail

The Jatbula Trail is one of the best hikes in the area and buckle up because it is a long one! The five-day walk is 58 kilometres long and takes you through Nitmiluk National Park. You will come across magnificent waterfalls, Aboriginal rock art, the monsoon rainforest, and some swimming holes.

Windolf via Yambi Walk and Gurumal Trail

This trail is around three and a half hours long with views of the lower gorge. Along the walk, you will stop by and see the views from Baruwei Lookout and check out the incredible Southern Rockhole waterfall. The waterfall is only opened at certain times of the year when the national park allows visitors to swim.

Needing a way to get out to Katherine Gorge? Consider booking a one-day tour from Darwin to Katherine Gorge! Towards the end of the tour, you will see Katherine Gorge and explore on a two-hour river cruise.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.