Cruises in Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park
Cruises on the 1st Gorge in Katherine Gorge National Park
Gorge map - Nitmiluk National Park This 292,800 hectare National
Park is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people and jointly managed
with the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.
Some of the Park's features include spectacular dissected sandstone
country, broad valleys and numerous, significant cultural sites.
The deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine
River is the central attraction of the Park.
Nitmiluk Tours - Cruises & Helicopter Flights
Cruise Tours Relax as you cruise
the waters of the Nitmiluk Gorge and travel back to Australia’s
dreamtime. Nitmiluk Tours have a variety of boat cruises to suit
everyone, depending on the time you have and the activities you’d
like to undertake. All cruises have a cultural aspect, allowing
passengers to understand and appreciate more about the areas traditional
owners, the Jawoyn people. Please note, cruise departure times and
frequency may vary due to seasonality and river conditions. Guests
are advised to check cruise departure times before arrival at the
Gorge or on booking.
The essential cultural cruise, Nitnit Dreaming incorporates travel
along two gorges, where you’ll discover the customs of the traditional
land owners, the Jawoyn people. Ideal if you have limited time but
want to capture as much of the surrounds as possible. This is the
most frequent Nitmiluk Tour cruise and departs four times daily
(subject to weather/seasonal conditions). Please note there is a
walk of approximately 600m each way. Special wheelchair access is
available to the top of the first gorge only. Water and toilet facilities
are available on board. Nitmiluk
cruise rates and time on Katheirne Gorge. Please note, cruise
departure times and frequency may vary due to seasonality and river
conditions. Guests are advised to check cruise departure times before
arrival at the Gorge or on booking.
Travellers can explore and experience the magnificence of the gorges
and its surrounds by cruise, helicopter, light plane, foot or river
cruise. The short but gratifying river cruise will allow the visitors
to pass through a breathtaking sight of the gorges, rock holes and
the most popular cliff face, Jedda's Rock. Impressive is the ancient
art painted on the surfaces of the rocks as your boat passes. These
timeless paintings, which are believed to be 7,000 years of age,
represent sacred dreaming for the Jawoyn. Paintings are very delicate
so tourists are not permitted touch them, also out of respect.
Walking from 3klm, 8klm and up to a more challenging 100 kilometre
walk abound, to explore the deep rainforest, rocky slopes and steep
cliffs. Exploring the place by foot is seen by many as the best
way to closely meet and experience the overwhelming wonders of this
gorge. To further protect terrain, wildlife and fauna, strict rules
are set in place by park management. Returning through the gorge
can be undertaken via an alternative route that begins with Smitt's
Rock, an ideal place for a soothing swim. Next to the Smitt's Rock
are the Lilly Ponds, a beautiful location especially during the
wet season, followed by the Butterfly Gorge. After the Butterfly
Gorge is the Windolf Walk which is elevated and has brilliant look
outs which provide spectacular sights of the Katherine River in
its grandeur. It is strongly recommended to not miss out on visiting
the Southern Rockhole,
a small but lovely beach perfect for a dip to relax any aching muscles
and joints. Nitmiluk
southern walks map.
Waterfalls in Nitmiluk
See the Southern
Falls and the pristine Nitmiluk
Waterfalls and Springs 100klm south on the Stuart Highway
is Elsey National Park
See the Mataranka
Springs, Bitter Springs, Mataranka Falls
Helicopter Tours Rising above the sprawling Nitmiluk National
Park will give you an amazing bird’s eye view, unsurpassed and unforgettable.
Nitmiluk Tours operate Helicopter flights from the helipad located
close to the Nitmiluk Visitors Centre, within the National Park.
There are a variety of flights to choose from and all offer magnificent
views from the air, including photo and video opportunities of Nitmiluk
Gorge, the Arnhem Land escarpment and local wildlife.
Visitor Facilities The picnic area provides gas barbecues, picnic
furniture and toilet facilities.
Nitmiluk Chalets View
a map of Nitmiluk National Park on Google
The Campground and Chalets allow visitors to experience the splendors
of the National Park up close. The well maintained campground and
powered sites are centrally positioned below the escarpment entrance
and just 600m to the departure point for boat cruises and canoes.
Self contained accommodation is also available. The two bedroom
chalets have a lounge and dining area, ensuite and kitchen and a
generous balcony where wallabies and other wildlife can be observed
wandering freely by. The beautifully landscaped resort style swimming
pool is the perfect place to unwind after a day’s exploring and
offers a haven for visitors to cool off from the tropical sunshine
or just take pleasure in a cool drink or snack poolside. Our Sugar
bags bistro overlooking the Katherine River is open for breakfast
lunch and dinner.
Bedroom 1– 1 x Queen bed
Bedroom 2- 1 x Dbl & Single bunk bed
Flat Screen Television
Tea and Coffee facilities
Tour Booking Service
Complimentary WiFi connection
Please note these rates are valid for travel during the period 1
April 2014 – 31 March 2015
$205.00 - One Bedroom (maximum 2 people)
$255.00 - Two Bedroom (maximum 5 people)
Campsite unpowered - $19.00pp Adults $10pp Child
Campsite powered - $44.00 powered site maximum 2 people (extra person
Tent Village at Nitmiluk: Our Permanent tents are
located within the Nitmiluk Campground, a short walk from the Resort
Style Pool and amenities block. The Permanent Tents area is shady,
fully fenced off from the campground and has its very own fire pit.
The tents are unpowered, clean and comfortable. Your package also
includes a dinner meal (chefs special), and a pancake breakfast.
Nitmiluk Tours also provides complimentary WiFi for throughout the
Our Permanent tents are located within the Nitmiluk Campground,
a short walk from the Resort Style Pool and amenities block. The
Permanent Tents area is shady, fully fenced off from the campground
and has its very own fire pit. The tents are unpowered, clean and
comfortable. Your package also includes a dinner meal (chefs special),
and a pancake breakfast. Nitmiluk Tours also provides complimentary
WiFi for throughout the Nitmiluk Campground
Tent Village at Nitmiluk:
Permanent tents (max 2 persons per tent - 2 x single beds)
Additional Info: Solo travellers may be sharing a tent with another
person of the same sex, subject to availability. $50.00 cash deposit
is required upon check in – per person.
Safari Tents at Nitmiluk:
Safari tents (max 3 persons per tent – 1 x double bed with 1 x single
bunk on top)
Additional Info: subject to availability. $50.00 cash deposit is
required upon check in – per person.
Nitmiluk Caravan Park:
Camping and caravanning in Nitmiluk National Park is one of the
best ways to immerse yourself in all the region has to offer. There
are fully serviced and well maintained caravan and camping grounds
at both Nitmiluk Gorge and Leliyn (Edith Falls), ideal places to
holiday with family or friends. And with warm weather year round,
the resort style pool is the perfect place to unwind after a long
days exploring. Other camping opportunities with the National Park
are limited, so please seek advice and permits from Northern Territory
Parks and Wildlife Commission.
Centrally positioned adjacent to the Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge
entrance, the Nitmiluk Caravan Park is a welcome respite for weary
travellers. The picturesque setting features well grassed, shady
sites and is close to the visitor centre, hiking trails, cruise
boat and canoe hire areas. The beautifully landscaped resort-style
pool offers a haven for visitors to cool off from the tropical sunshine
or enjoy refreshments on the deck. The best part is that wallabies
and other wildlife wander freely through the grounds, so you really
are close to nature.
40 powered sites
Ice and LP gas
Communal food preparation area and refrigerator
Resort style swimming pool
Complimentary WiFi for all guests
The Leliyn (Edith Falls) Campground also offers a stunning place
to lay your head, with manicured grounds,
51 shady, grassed (unpowered) caravan and camping sites,
and free gas BBQs.
Tent Village at Nitmiluk:
Tent Village Camping doesn’t have to mean completely roughing it.
Located within the gorgeous setting of Nitmiluk National Park,
Tent Village offers private tent accommodation, already prepared
before you arrive,
plus dinner at the visitors centre,
full use of the caravan park facilities (including hot showers).
The budget-style, 2-person tents are spacious and come with
portable lighting and
camp beds Camping
package includes return transfer to Nitmiluk Gorge from Katherine
Public swimming area in Nitmiluk
A public swimming area is provided in the picnic area.
Information on the flora, fauna, geology, walks, activities, and
other points of interest can be found in the Nitmiluk Centre at
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