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Nitmiluk National Park

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Nitmiluk National Park

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Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

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Explore the natural wonders of the Katherine Gorge on a full-day tour from Darwin. Visit a natural swimming hole at Edith Falls, take a boat cruise for a look at crocodiles and Aboriginal rock art on sandstone cliffs, pass through the historical gold rush town of Pine Creek, and tour Katherine by bus. Leave the navigation and long drive to the pros, and take in the sights with ease.
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Georgie wrote a review Oct 2020
44 contributions10 helpful votes
Did the Yambi walk to Eighth Gorge from the visitor centre, return trip, over 2 days. In October, temps reach 40 degrees by midday so we advise planning to walk early in the day (6-10am). Dry heat, no rain yet. Much of track is dusty scrubland but the walk is worth it as you wind around beautiful gorge rock formations and hundreds of termite hills. At Dunlop Swamp, IGNORE the blue arrows around the toilet block; they lead to nowhere. (We spent 30 min orienteering around the area trying to find the next marker to no avail, only to backtrack and realise the path forward was just where the information board was.) Last 3km to Eight Gorge is Grade 5 wilderness track excellently signposted every 20-50m most of the way, although 3 or 4 of the markers were pointed in confusing directions, perhaps moved by nature since their original placement. Ensure you are an experienced hiker if you are attempting this last bit. Despite this, the track is very well supported. Several rangers work at the park and they make daily 4x4 trips along Yambi Walk to fill the water tanks with clean drinking water. Tanks are situated every 2-5km, marked on the trail map. If you are walking during the hotter hours, make sure you drink and fill up at each tank station as as there is a real risk of dehydration and heat stroke. Also make sure you replace your electrolytes along the way as you will be sweating like a bull. The rangers keep an eye on who might be on the longer tracks - they noticed a car that was still parked in the centre’s parking lot after a couple of days and proactively went looking for the guy out of concern for his safety. Camping at Eighth Gorge was a mixed experience. Had the camp to ourselves, and the sandy ground was lovely to sleep on, but there were flying and regular ants everywhere! Hundreds of baby cane toads/tadpoles by the waterhole were very cute though. Saw a small freshwater crocodile deeper in the water, far from where we were dipping. The air was very still and hot up until 11pm, when it significantly cooled and made it much easier to sleep. In this current weather, a mozzie dome would suffice for your shelter. First light was around 5.30-6am. If you enjoy a challenging trail, having the place to yourself, and don’t mind the heat, this walk is for you. If you just want to see a little bit of Katherine Gorge without the challenge, we suggest one of the day walks or kayaking when it’s open again after COVID-19.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Tracey Mortimer wrote a review Aug 2020
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Have stayed at Nitmiluk National Park (Nitmiluk Tours/Katherine Gorge campgrounds) for the past 3 nights. The grounds are nice, we are staying in the long rig powered sites and its been quite due to COVID so it has been great having lots of space. Dinner by the poolside last night was good and well priced. What lets this park down and will stop me visiting again is the state of the toilet blocks, their disgusting. They have not been cleaned since we arrived and according the the cleaning schedule on the wall it was last cleaned in March 2020. Their is no toilet paper left, has been no hand wash since we arrived and its very very dirty. During a COVID crisis you would think hygiene would be paramount, clearly not here. We have travelled all through the NT from Darwin to the Red centre and are on our way back - I would rate these toilets as bad as some of the roadhouse/servo stops we stopped at on our travelles such as Elliot. I'm a Terittorian and the state of these toilets is just embarrassing! Clean your toilets Nitmiluk Tours and restock your bloody toilet paper and hand soap.......its not hard.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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david m wrote a review Jul 2020
Port Douglas, Australia4 contributions5 helpful votes
Gorge is amazing! Short walks closed but no info on website. Guy behind desk couldn’t care less. Cafe serves worst coffee and closes at same time morning gorge tour returns at 2 pm. Meagre offerings.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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laurie d wrote a review Dec 2019
Kanata, Canada10 contributions2 helpful votes
The Nitmiluk National park is an absolute gem, 9 different gorges to visit and paddle through (with some portaging depending on the water level), so beautiful! Not many places to kayak inland in the Top End, this is the spot, a few hours to a few days of back country camping and kayaking, Nitmiluk has it. Great swimming throughout too!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Antony I wrote a review Dec 2019
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Plan on going early as it gets hot and there are sections with little or no shade. But the views are spectacular and well worth the effort. There are spots where you can get close to the river but you have to be wary as crocks inhabit the area. There are many photo opportunities Wear good hiking shoes and take plenty of water. Sunscreen is a must as well as insect repellent during the wet. We had a great time and sitting on the deck at the coffee shop sipping an ice cold locally made all natural iced coffee was the perfect cap to the day.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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