Cruise Katherine Gorge, explore Edith Falls, and discover the beautiful Nitmiluk National Park.
Katherine Gorge is located within amazing Nitmiluk National Park, which spans more than 720,000 acres. With rugged landscapes, thundering waterfalls and unlimited flora and fauna, Nitmiluk is a haven for adventurers and nature lovers alike. The name Nitmiluk, meaning ‘Cicada Place’, came from the Jawoyn people who are the traditional custodians of the park.
Begin your journey with a stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place for many World War II soldiers and civilians killed in the 1942 air raids on Darwin. This is also the site of the only Australian war cemetery on Australian soil.
Continue via Pine Creek to Leliyn (Edith Falls) located on the western boundary of Nitmiluk National Park. The paperbark and pandanus-fringed natural pool at the base of Leliyn is safe for swimming throughout most of the year and you’ll have a chance to take a dip in the refreshing cool waters. After lunch enter Nitmiluk National Park, home to 13 stunning gorges. Stop by the Visitor Centre before joining your guided cruise between the sheer sandstone cliffs of Katherine Gorge. The waters of Katherine Gorge are an enticing deep blue, but it is the sheer scale of the gorge that is the most mesmerizing feature.
As you glide along the tranquil waters of this ancient watercourse, enjoy commentary from your guide detailing the area’s plant life and wildlife, and explaining the significance of the gorge for the local Aboriginal people. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and the large array of birdlife. On the return trip to Darwin, stop to purchase dinner at Emerald Springs (own expense).
Wednesday and Saturday (April, October, November, and March); Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday (May – September); Wednesday (December – February)
Departs 6:30am, Returns 8:30pm (approx.)
– 2 Hour Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Cruise
– Edith Fall’s
– Lunch at Edith Falls
– Adelaide River War Cemetery
– Experienced Driver Guide
– Comprehensive commentary
Need to Know
Participants need to make their own way to meet at the front entrance of the Mantra on the Esplanade Hotel. Please wear comfortable weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Please bring money for dinner, swimwear, a water bottle, and snacks.
Dinner available for purchase at Emerald Springs