Katherine is a town in Northern Territory and is situated on the Katherine River. Katherine town and surrounds provide plenty of park and garden areas. It is the fourth largest settlement in the Northern Territory. Explore the historic pioneering township of Katherine and see ancient Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park.

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Katherine is a town in Northern Territory. It is situated on the Katherine River. Katherine town and surrounds provide plenty of park and garden areas. It is the fourth largest settlement in the Northern Territory and the third largest and southernmost major settlement in the Top End.

Explore the historic pioneering township of Katherine and see ancient Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Sink into the hot springs of Daly River and fish in the remote waterways of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Spot rare wildlife and wander gorges in Gregory National Park, in the Victoria River region, and relax in Mataranka's sandy-bottomed thermal pool. Katherine's rugged and ancient landscapes – which stretch from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border – also invite you to canoe, bushwalk, bird watch, camp and four-wheel drive.

Katherine Gorge, a deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River, is the central attraction of the park. Katherine Gorge is made up of thirteen gorges, with rapids and falls, and follow the Katherine River, which begins in Kakadu. During the Dry, roughly from April to October, the Katherine Gorge waters are placid in most spots and ideal for swimming and canoeing.

There may be freshwater crocodiles in most parts of the river, as they nest along the banks, but they are harmless to humans. Saltwater crocodiles regularly enter the river during the wet season, when the water levels are very high, and are subsequently removed and returned to the lower levels at the onset of the dry season. Thus, swimming in the wet season is prohibited. Cruises of various lengths go as far as the fifth gorge.

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