Is it worth going to Katherine Gorge?

Is it worth going to Katherine Gorge?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 11/20/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

Katherine Gorge speaks for itself with 13 gorges, glowing cliffs, and impressive waterfalls. 

Almost a four hour drive from Darwin is a true Territory highlight. Katherine Gorge, also known as Nitmiluk Gorge, has remarkable landscapes and is worth going for a day to see.
The Nitmiluk cliffs are incredible to see, just for the glow that changes throughout the day in the light.

Some of the best ways to see the gorge are by walking, going on a boat/canoe, or even a helicopter. However, if you choose to see Nitmiluk Gorge, it will be well worth your time.

How was Nitmiluk Gorge made?

It all started over 120 million years ago when the formation of Nitmiluk Gorge. The sandstone slowly started to break down from the rivers between 1 to 25 million years ago. As the rivers made its way through, creating the sandstone walls. Not only did the rivers create these magnificent walls, but the weathering erosion contributed over the millions of years.

Go swimming

Nitmiluk National Park has some of the most delightful plunge pools and waterfalls you can swim in. One of the most popular swimming holes in the national park is Leliyn (Edith Falls).

The picturesque waterfall is worth seeing and is perfect for cooling off on a hot day in the Territory. However, you can only swim at the waterfall (or any waterhole in Darwin) during the wet season due to the crocs. It’s safest to swim during the dry season but to be cautious.

If you are visiting during the wet season, you’re in luck! Waterfalls thrive best during the rainy season.

Do a Katherine Gorge tour

When you’re visiting Darwin for a holiday, it can be easy to book a tour and visit such a magnificent place.

This one day Katine Gorge tour is like no other. You will have an incredible local guide with you for the day showing you some of the nature that’s just out of Darwin. You’ll spend most of your day in Nitmiluk National Park, where Katherine Gorge is located.

The national park has some of the most beautiful and scenic waterfalls in the Northern Territory. There are 13 gorges and plenty of waterfalls to see and some even have the chance to swim in during the dry season.

After an enjoyable lunch, you’ll go to the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre and learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. Then the finale, you go on a two hour cruise and see the beauty itself, Nitmiluk Gorge. On the relaxing cruise, you might have the chance to spot some crocs and birds.

Making a trip to Katherine Gorge is truly worth your time to see the extraordinary landscape the gorge has.

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.