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Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Canoe Adventure Tours provided by Nitmiluk Tours

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Canoe Adventure Tours

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Canoe Adventure Tours
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Duration:
4h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    10
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7977P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Paddles (double ended)
  • Life Jackets
  • National Park Entry
Exclusions
  • Personal Items
  • Camping Equipment
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
4h 30m
Departure details
  • Nitmiluk National Park, Gorge Rd, Nitmiluk NT 0852, Australia Tour departure is from Nitmiluk National Park boat ramp. Please meet here 30 minutes prior to your departure time. Please allow 30 minutes travel time from the township of Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park.
Additional information
  • Please meet 30 minutes prior to departure time at Nitmiluk Boat Jetty.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Please ensure that you are sun smart and wear a shirt, hat and sunscreen, and wear mosquito repellent to protect yourself. Take along plenty of water and keep personal belongings to a minimum.
  • SEASONAL: During the months of approximately December – May, canoe hire does not operate for safety reasons, due to poor weather and perilous river conditions. The canoeing season will recommence once Parks and Wildlife have completed their annual safety and crocodile survey.
  • AGE RESTRICTIONS: Children under the age of 5 years (inclusive) are not permitted to canoe due to safety regulations. Children aged between the ages of 6 – 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • BEFORE YOU GO: Refundable Cash or Pre-Authorisations are required prior to commencing Canoe Adventure Tours. For day use, the amount will be $50.00 per canoe; the 2 day hire will attract $60.00 per canoe.
  • MANUAL PORTAGE: Manual Portage between all gorges in requires should you wish to explore past the second gorge. Portages vary in difficulty and length.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Inclusions
  • Paddles (double ended)
  • Life Jackets
  • National Park Entry
Exclusions
  • Personal Items
  • Camping Equipment
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Nitmiluk National Park, Gorge Rd, Nitmiluk NT 0852, Australia Tour departure is from Nitmiluk National Park boat ramp. Please meet here 30 minutes prior to your departure time. Please allow 30 minutes travel time from the township of Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park.
Duration
4h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Please meet 30 minutes prior to departure time at Nitmiluk Boat Jetty.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Please ensure that you are sun smart and wear a shirt, hat and sunscreen, and wear mosquito repellent to protect yourself. Take along plenty of water and keep personal belongings to a minimum.
  • SEASONAL: During the months of approximately December – May, canoe hire does not operate for safety reasons, due to poor weather and perilous river conditions. The canoeing season will recommence once Parks and Wildlife have completed their annual safety and crocodile survey.
  • AGE RESTRICTIONS: Children under the age of 5 years (inclusive) are not permitted to canoe due to safety regulations. Children aged between the ages of 6 – 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • BEFORE YOU GO: Refundable Cash or Pre-Authorisations are required prior to commencing Canoe Adventure Tours. For day use, the amount will be $50.00 per canoe; the 2 day hire will attract $60.00 per canoe.
  • MANUAL PORTAGE: Manual Portage between all gorges in requires should you wish to explore past the second gorge. Portages vary in difficulty and length.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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B1751INlukem
Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
We booked the full day. It says canoeing but it’s actually a kayak. Mute point but worth noting as kayaking is much easier. Kayaking is quite popular so prebooking is a must to avoid disappointment.

The guides on the boat with friendly and accomodating and gave helpful advice about the kayaking.

Kayaking has to be the best way to experience the gorge as you can only get to 2 gorges in the tour boats or by hiking and limited access to the gorge. In the kayak you can explore as far as your energy levels take you up to the 9th gorge (about 10kms one way).

As others have said the portage (carying the kayak up the rocks between gorges) is the hardest part of the trip. The rocks are round, but many are slippery so you really need to be comfortable to scramble slippery rocks in the water pushing or pulling a kayak. If this doesn’t sound like something you would be up for then just do the half day and you can get to the third gorge without too much of this.

Tip: suitable shoes would be shoes that can get wet, are grippy and ideally protect your ankles. We brought thongs but did not wear them rock scrambling for obvious reasons. In hindsight boat shoes or reef boots would have been better.

If a bit of adventure and clambering over rocks sounds like fun, you will be rewarded with the quiet and more untouched upper reaches of the gorge.

We stopped for lunch at a nice quiet beach In the 7th gorge and got the Kayak to the end of the 8th gorge, walked up to the 9th with glimpses of the 10th.

After turning around the good news is the current will be with you on the way back and whilst slightly more nerve racking, going down is easier than going up.

Definitely worth doing, just be prepared for the portage if you expect to see most of the gorges!
Written June 27, 2021
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Raphleleu
Boulogne-Billancourt, France2 contributions
Oct 2020
Beautiful experience at Nitmiluk! You will take a boat to start your journey, then you'll be free to explore the gorge at your own pace in your canoe. You can stop to have a swim when you want, take pictures and have a break on little beaches where it is safe.
You won't be disappointed!
Written October 6, 2020
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DarwinRuth
1 contribution
Jul 2020
I cannot recommend this trip more highly - one of THE BEST NT experiences! What a sensational way to experience the gorge - at your own pace - jumping in for a swim whenever the mood takes. We paddled to the end of the 3rd gorge, and then walked and swam into the fourth gorge on the half day tour. It was also perfect for those travelling with children, as there were plenty of opportunities to experience the majesty of the gorge without travelling as far. This was our second canoe trip into the gorge and won’t be our last. (Well done to the Nitmiluk staff too who are working hard to fill in the Covid-gaps, quick to respond to enquires, and are going out of their way to provide an awesome experience in difficult times)
Written July 9, 2020
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Kylie T E
Alice Springs, Australia74 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Nice views, relaxing way to explore the river can stop where you like. You can paddle up to 3 sections of river we only did 1.
Wasn’t the kind of tour I’d expected obviously I didn’t research enough I’d basically call it canoe hire as no guides. We didn’t bring food either as so kids were starving.
Written July 17, 2020
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Peter
1 contribution
Jul 2019 • Couples
My wife and I booked the day trip but had to give up after we got to the end of the 3rd. gorge. No way could we get the canoe over the long stretch of rocks into the 4th gorge. We aborted and lazily got back to the staging point still in time to go back with the morning group. We weren't the only ones with an English and French couple doing the same. When we got back to the office they were polite but no way would they consider a refund. Left a bad taste in your mouth and I wonder what overseas visitors think. A big con!
Written July 15, 2019
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Sam H
Melbourne, Australia194 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Read loads on canoe trip . Am fit and yet being short had disadvantage when hauling canoe over boulders. Managed to get to fourth gorge and had enuf. Spent time in the water, relaxing on the sand till our day tour people began their trip back. Joined them and floated back through the gorges and people helped get the canoe over the rocks in teamwork style. A fab day out. Loved the scenery. Took plenty of water and food . Waterproof bag a must
Written August 12, 2018
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Hi Sam! Thanks for your review. Your words have not gone unheard and we will be ensuring to let canoeists understand of the hard yet magnificently rewarding work involved.
Written September 20, 2018
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Nathan
Tanunda, Australia23 contributions
Easily the best thing we did during our time in Katherine. The guys driving the boat through the first gorge were super knowledgeable and we felt we had more than enough time on the half day tour to canoe down the 2nd and 3rd gorge
Written June 30, 2021
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Julie S
Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France45 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Fantastic morning beginning with a boat cruise through the first gorge with our guide Harley who explained do's and Don'ts together with interesting facts. We then collected our life vests and paddles and boarded our double canoe. Time to explore the next two gorges, swim in the water holes over the next three hours. The gorge is just beautiful and a must if you are in the territory. Wonderful morning, stunning experience.
Written October 19, 2019
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Thank you for your positive feedback Julie S, we agree that the Nitmiluk Gorge is a must do in the Territory. Canoeing surrounded by the majestic walls of the Gorge is such a special experience!
Written October 30, 2019
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PerN503
Oslo, Norway5 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Recommend also with teenagers. We did half day canoeing in gorges. Spotted crocs , birds and other wildlife. We reached end of 3. gorge. Friendly and helpful crew, pointing out and stopped the boat to have a closer look at the freshwater crocs on the way . Trip is a must when visiting NT 😀
Written August 11, 2019
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Thank you for your positive feedback PerN503, We are happy to know that you enjoyed your time. The Gorge really is a lovely destination for teenagers, as it offers the opportunity to learn, slow down - always good with teenagers generally exposed to a continous overload of information- together with the adventure element. Thanks for spending your time with us while visiting the NT!
Written October 31, 2019
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Saskia K
De Bilt, The Netherlands309 contributions
Beautiful way to explore the canyon, but I would not recommend going further than the 3rd gorge, since you have to carry your canoe to the next gorge by yourself which is already a very hard job for only 5 minutes, the way to the 4th gorge is 40! minutes! So, take it easy, bring a picknic and find a nice beach to relax on.
Written August 8, 2019
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Thank you for your positive review 1970saskiak, Canoeing at the Gorge is spectacular and certainly requires different levels of fitness, depending on which Gorge our Guests decide to explore. It's always important to be prepared, read the information provided by the Reservations Team or on the Parks and Wildlife website, and, as you suggest... taking your time. Nature is better enjoyed at a slower pace. Thanks for deciding to spend your time exploring our country 1970saskiak
Written October 31, 2019
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A good way to spend an hour.
Not the most extensive cave system but definitely a good way to spend an hour. You see a few different chambers an
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Fascinating & Informatice tour
Great 1 hour guided tour into the sandstone caves just outside of Katherine. Good tour and informative- at times sh
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Entertaining and worthwhile
Great tour experience. Russell the guide was very informative, highly entertaining and had a great sense of humour.
dulciewoodman
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Katherine (and Jamie) Gorgeous!
Oh my! This was the most wonderful tour thanks not only to the jaw dropping ancient gorge astounding beauty, but b
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Wow. What an evening!
Thoroughly enjoyable. Russell was an able and interesting speaker and captain. His connection to his Country was ve
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Worthwhile experience
Our Guide was excellent- the experience was better than we expected. Visiting the third Gorge was very worthwhile.
Sally L
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If there is only one thing you do in Katherine do this!
Beautifully crafted experience - fabulous way to experience Katherine Gorge and then to enjoy a yummy dinner surrou
Anne S
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Fabulous scenery, fabulous food with a great narrative.
Simply fabulous. This is a well organised and descriptive tour with a sensational dinner all cooked on the boat BBQ
waynebooth50
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Awesome cruise at a Awesome place of natural beauty.
A really worthwhile cruise of two of the Gorges, with excellent commentary. The Beauty & Majestic nature of this Go
janh705
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2 gorge trip
Although the gorge was beautiful my partner ( who is slightly deaf) couldn’t hear the commentary…. They provided co
Lucy P
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Scenic 2 gorge cruise
I did a 2 gorge cruise which was stunning. We had a very informative guide that told us all about the indigenous be
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Excellent experience
Had the fortune of a 2 o 1 guiding experience. Guide very informative and knowledgeable.. Guide showed us all aspec
Alyssa S
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Breathtaking
Stunning and breathtaking! The tour is well worth the cost and so much more. The colours and dramatic landscape of
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Great cruise beautiful scenery
Great cruise 2pm is ideal as its not so hot in the day. Beautiful scenery must see onces in lifetime
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Great experience
Great experience through the beautiful gorge. Our tour guide Jamie was fantastic. Very knowledgeable & funny
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