Katherine, Northern Territory

Located in the Top End of Australia approximately 320 kilometres from Darwin and the Kakadu National Park is the the Northern Territory's fourth largest town of Katherine. Within the town itself you will find a variety of restaurants, clubs and cafes offering a range of dining options to suit all tastes, cinema, shopping complex and other smaller boutique shops. The town of Katherine also plays host to a number of cultural events and festivals such as rodeos, Barramundi fishing tournaments, arts shows and Australia's longest running cultural festival the Barunga Festival which is held in the small indigenous community south of Katherine on the June long weekend.

The region surrounding Katherine stretches from Dunmarra in the south to the Daly River in the north and provides holiday makers and those with a thirst for adventure with ample opportunities to explore thermal springs, waterfalls, waterholes, rock art sites and amazing gorges that reflect the natural wonder of the area. Close by you can visit the Katherine Gorge (also known as Nitmiluk National Park), Cutta Cutta Caves, Edith Falls, Elsey National Park, Mataranka Thermal Pools, Pine Creek, Umbrawarra Gorge, Cycad Gardens and the Elsey National Park.

Other places of interest that you should visit whilst on holiday in Katherine include The Never Never Museum, the Katherine Museum, the School of the Air and the Springvale Homestead. No matter which direction you head from Katherine you will discover plenty of things to do including fishing, four-wheel driving, hiking along the many remote trails, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching or even take to the sky and see the area from a helicopter. Katherine is a perfect holiday destination for people who want to see the real natural wonders that outback Australia has to offer.

How To Get There :      You cannot fly directly into Katherine, so to get there by plane you will need to fly to Darwin and then catch a bus or hire a car and drive the 320 kilometres to Katherine. Another great way of getting to Katherine is to take a ride on the magnificent Ghan train which runs regularly through Australia's red centre between Adelaide and Darwin. Alternatively you can catch a Greyhound bus from pretty much anywhere is mainland Australia to the Top End destination of Katherine.

Weather :      The weather in Katherine is always hot with average maximum daily temperatures ranging from 30°C in June and July through to a whopping 38°C in October and November. The only real thing that changes with the Katherine weather is the humidity and the amount of rainfall. There is virtually no rainfall between the months of April and October and then the monsoon season kicks in and there is enormous amounts of rainfall between the months of November and March.

Suitable For :      International travellers, families and couples looking for a unique outback wilderness experience.

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