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Jatbula Trail

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Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, Northern Territory 0850 Australia
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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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Sally P wrote a review Aug 2020
Adelaide, Australia31 contributions14 helpful votes
This five day hike is a must do. It’s a moderately challenging hike with a full pack, doable by any able adult but best enjoyed if you have a good level of fitness, even better if you’ve practiced carrying a full pack. The terrain is varied, beautiful and wild. The campsites each have a good composting toilet and an emergency call box, other than that you are completely in nature. Each campsite is pretty, with a permanent waterhole suitable for swimming and fresh water. We chose to do the guided walk with Gecko tours, mainly because we couldn’t get one of the rare tickets to walk independently. Nevertheless, it was well worth it! Our guide Travis was absolutely awesome. His knowledge and passion about geology, the vegetation, fauna, art sites, stars and especially spiders added another level of enjoyment to the walk. He was good company and very calm, and cheerfully carried all of the cooking gear and most of the food for the group! Gecko provide whatever sleeping equipment you need, and the catering is very good for such a hike, even including fresh salad veg every day! Their advice about what to bring (and what not to bring) was spot on too. Although this walk would be amazing whichever way you do it, Gecko tours took it to next level. I would go again in a heart beat.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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America F wrote a review Jul 2020
Darwin, Australia6 contributions2 helpful votes
Seeing the stars and planets away from city lights was brilliant. Our guide, Travis from Gecko Tours, was thorough in his knowledge and I felt safe trekking with him. We definitely saw lots we would have missed if we'd done the trail independently.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Roam656504 wrote a review Jul 2020
Hobart, Australia9 contributions4 helpful votes
Billed as one of Australia's top 10 walks... once upon a time it was but not any more. Now you walk for days through blackened forest... sometimes camping on scorched earth, always with the smell of fire in the air. I walked in June 2020 with a friend that has walked it several times before. She walked this time in tears. The earth was burnt, the animals were missing...and it was all the fault of man. The forests have been burned deliberately - year after year in recent times. Part of supposedly necessary controlled burnoffs but I've since learned they get paid by the hectare! There is no planned process - it is all about money. Burn it...get paid...burn it again the following year...get paid again... We walked for 2 1/2 days through blackened forest... 2 1/2 days without seeing a single land animal...2 1/2 days of very little tree cover... Do yourself a favour - go elsehwere, don't walk in the top end, they destroy everything of beauty up there.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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TravelBunnyO wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia124 contributions37 helpful votes
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We actually hiked 2018. We hiked on our own carrying all of our gear & supplies. The terrain was easy for experienced hikers like ourselves & during June the weather was perfect. Trail is a little more challenging than most as you need to follow the blue arrows attracted to trees & rocks rather than follow a clear path. Highly recommend to experience the beauty of the Australian bush with no crowds. Arriving at each site after a number of hours hiking was like heaven - pitch the tent, throw on the swimmers & spend the afternoon lolling about in the water & beside the tent. Each camp site had drop toilet facilities that were a delight considering I’d expected to be digging my own pit. Fresh water from the creeks readily available each day. Friendly folks at the checkin point & boat across the Katherine river at the beginning. Camped in the Nitmiluk caravan park the night before starting the hike - one last beer & burger to fuel the hike :-) Finished the hike with one last swim at Edith Falls and a well earned burger at the kiosk (no beer here due to alcohol bans but plenty of other cold drinks to complement the burger). Recommend using geckocanoeing for transport to and from the trail.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Rose B wrote a review Sep 2019
Humpty Doo, Australia30 contributions2 helpful votes
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Such an awesome surreal sense of remoteness and adventure, beautiful scenery, views and water to cool off in and relax after hot days. Very VERY cool nights in the hammocks, briefing at the beginning was pretty ordinary especially regarding the wild buffalo in the area, campsite 3 toilet lock was jammed could be quite an issue for a solo hiker. Trail marked pretty well except for the Northern Rockhole (1st rockhole) where my friend and i (and a group of 8 other hikers) had difficulty find the trail to Bibblecom cascades. Overall a great experience. Dont ask for any help at Edith Falls as you wont get it!! Most rude unhelpful people ever, not impressed at all!!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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