Katherine Gorge from overhead with Katherine Helicopters

The Ultimate Guide to Nitmiluk National Park

About Nitmiluk National Park

Nitmiluk National Park is a breathtaking natural wonder located in the Northern Territory of Australia, roughly 244 kilometres southeast of Darwin and 23 kilometres northeast of Katherine. It's home to 13 magnificent gorges carved by the Katherine River, towering sandstone cliffs that change colour with the setting sun, and cascading waterfalls like Edith Falls

Whether you're looking for an adrenaline-pumping adventure or a relaxing escape, Nitmiluk National Park has something for everyone. You can explore the gorges by canoe or boat, take a scenic helicopter flight, hike through the bush, or simply relax and swim in one of the many natural pools.

When to visit

Deciding when to visit Nitmiluk National Park hinges on your preferred climate and desired activities. For comfortable exploration, opt for the dry season, May to September. Temperatures are still warm, hovering around 30°C, but manageable with sun protection and hydration. Rainfall is minimal, ensuring smooth access to trails and gorges. This is perfect for hiking, canoeing, and boat tours, experiencing the stunning scenery at its most vibrant. 

For a quieter experience, consider travelling during the months of April and October. Temperatures can be slightly hotter, but the crowds are lower. You might encounter occasional showers, adding a touch of drama to the waterfalls. If you're flexible with activities and enjoy a bit of adventure, this could be a good option. 

Embrace the magic of the wet season, from November to March, Nitmiluk National Park undergoes a remarkable transformation. The land awakens with vibrant greenery, waterfalls roar with renewed life, and witness unique wildlife, rarely seen in the dry season. While some areas might have limited access, this season offers unique experiences. 

Where to stay 

When embarking on your Nitmiluk National Park adventure, BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Katherine serves as an ideal base camp offering a range of comfortable and convenient accommodation options to suit every budget and travel style. Go for the comfort and privacy of a fully equipped cabin. Choose from our range of cabins perfect for solo travellers, couples, families, or groups. Embrace the outdoors and pitch your tent or park your caravan at one of our spacious sites. Enjoy the fresh air and starry nights, with all the facilities you need close by. 

BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Katherine goes beyond just a place to stay. Unwind by the swimming pool and spa, challenge your family to a game of giant Jenga, or enjoy a delicious meal from Fig Tree Bistro, open seasonally during the dry season.  

Best things to do

Delve into Katherine Gorge

Canoeing or kayaking through the gorges, paddle through the tranquil waters of the Katherine River, surrounded by soaring cliffs adorned with Aboriginal rock art. Keep an eye out for basking freshwater crocodiles and colourful birdlife. It's an experience that will leave your heart pounding and your senses tingling. 

Take to the skies for a breathtaking bird's-eye view of the entire gorge system with Katherine Helicopters. Witness the vastness of the landscape and capture unforgettable panoramic photos as you soar about this natural wonder. 

Sit back and relax on a scenic cruise, soaking in the grandeur of the gorges from a different perspective. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the gorges, spotting colourful birds and basking crocodiles along the way. 

Hike and explore

Butterfly Gorge loop: This easy 2.6km walk winds through lush rainforest, offering glimpses of Aboriginal rock art and stunning views of the gorge. 

Jedda's Rock and Pat's Lookout loop: Hike through woodlands and climb rocky outcrops for panoramic vistas of the gorge and surrounding countryside. 

Baruwei Loop via Lookout: Challenge yourself with a moderate 5.2km hike, rewarded with breathtaking views from the lookout point and a refreshing dip in Baruwei Rockhole.

Cool off under the cascading waters of Edith Falls, a picturesque natal wonder at the park's northern end. 

Immerse in culture

Learn about the Jawoyn people's history and cultural connection to the land through interactive exhibits and information displays at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre. Discover ancient stories etched onto the rock walls by the Jawoyn people, gaining a deeper insight into their traditions and beliefs through an Aboriginal rock art tour. 

Your Nitmiluk adventure awaits! Whether you seek adrenaline-pumping hikes, tranquil canoe rides, or profound cultural immersion, Nitmiluk National Park holds the key to unlocking an unforgettable experience. So, pack your bags, lace up your boots, and embark on your own Nitmiluk journey.