Katherine, Northern Territory

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:29 January 2017 

The Katherine River runs near this city of roughly 10,000 people, and provides wonderful opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and other river water sports. There is also plenty of bush country in the area, providing a host of opportunities for everything

Average Winter Temps: 36℃ (wet season)

Average Summer Temps: 32.7℃ (dry season)

Traditional Land of:   Jawoyn People

If you're an outdoors-oriented type who lives for rugged adventure, than Katherine has exactly what you're looking for!

The Jatbala Trail is an almost 60-kilometre hike that every true would-be bushwalker has to experience at least once in his or her life. The trail's dazzling scenery offers rock art, waterfalls, and many other natural and man-created wonders.

Inside the city limits, there is an art gallery and a museum, showcasing everything from the area's wonderful Aboriginal artworks to works created by other local and regional artists. The Museum provides an intimate look at the history of the town and the region.

If you're traveling in the area, remember to bring a brimmed hat, as the sun can become quite oppressive if you're out in it for too long. Insect repellant is also a must, and you should always be alert to the presence of other physical dangers like snakes and crocodiles near the rivers. Yes, that's right - crocodiles. If you're one of the many people who have always wanted to see a crocodile in person, a visit to Katherine can make that dream a reality!

National Parks

Attractions & Activities

Caravan Parks

Boab Caravan Park

Katherine, Northern Territory

This grassy park can serve as the ideal launch point for adventures throughout the region. It offers concrete slabs for caravan parking, and plenty of grassy area for comfort and games. Its barbecue area is covered with shade, and it provides modern amenities that include laundry and a swimming pool. A convenience store on-site can provide you with all the supplies you need for your stay.

$40/night for 2 persons, powered site; $10/night for each additional person over the age of 5

Knott’s Crossing Resort

Katherine, Northern Territory

Situated near the Katherine River, Knott's Crossing Resort is a beautiful park that offers everything you need for your holiday adventure. its unique location provides the perfect jumping-off point from which you can explore the Katherine Gorge, Cutta Cutta Caves, and all of the many other natural attractions in the region. In addition to a full range of traditional amenities and a camp kitchen, the park also offers a conference area and restaurant that can make this the ideal spot for weddings, business conferences, and other get-togethers.

$26/night for 1 person, camp site; $5/night for each additional adult; $3/night each extra child

$45/night for 2 persons, powered site with en-suite;$5/night for each additional adult; $3/night each extra child

 

BIG4 Katherine Holiday Park

Katherine, Northern Territory

The Big4 Katherine Holiday Park is a great little place to pull up your caravan and set up camp in preparation for all your vacation exploration in the area. The sites are shady, the laundry area is large and accommodating, and the amenities block is clean, illuminated, and properly maintained. The park has a bistro for your restaurant needs, camp kitchen, barbecues, wireless access, and a souvenir stand. And if you're looking to refresh yourself, just hop in the pool!

$38/night for up to six persons, unpowered site; $41/night for up to six persons, powered site;

Free Camping / Low Cost Camping

There is free camping available if you know where to find it, mostly within a short drive of Katherine. King Rest Area 46 is one such site, about four dozen kilometres to the south of the city. King West Rest Area is even closer, less than three dozen kilometres to the west. They're both fairly sparse when it comes to amenities, providing only toilets and picnic tables.