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Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park
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Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park Guided Tours
Ranked #5 of 26 things to do in Katherine
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Owner description: Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park is located 27km south of Katherine and is easily accessible from the Stuart Highway. The park covers 1499 hectares of limestone landscape, and is home to five species of bats, including the rare Ghost and Horseshoe bats. About 170 species of birds have been recorded within the park, including the Hooded Parrot and the endangered Gouldian Finch. Tropical cave systems like those in Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park are limited in Australia and are therefore of scientific and conservation interest and are the primary season the area has been declared an official Nature Park.
Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

A friend and I stayed in Katherine for the May Day long weekend with our kids, 3, 8 and 12. We arrived shortly before 10am for the tour, definitely get there only a few minutes before the tour time as the kiosk is locked up until the guide finishes the previous tour and there's not much else to do around there. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children over the age of 5. Wouldn't recommend a mid-day or early-afternoon tour as it was very hot and the sun was very strong. My 3yo overheard the kids joking about snakes and spiders and therefore needed to be carried the entire length of the tour. Would definitely recommend taking the short path if you have small children as the long walk is on tough terrain for little feet. The guide, Ethan, was amazing! Very patient with waiting for us to catch up, very informative - knew the area inside-out and involved the kids by asking them questions. Would advise to take plenty of cold water as it gets stuffy in the cave as you go deeper. Also some areas require manoeuvring between thin areas of gaps between solid limestone, so wouldn't recommend if afraid of small spaces. We, thankfully, didn't spot much more than a few ghost bats in the cave. Lots of stairs into the cave system as well and can be hard on the knees, so wear good supportive shoes.

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Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

The tour was very informative. Got to see some awesome wildlife like rock wallaby, snakes and ghost bats. The tour guide Ethan was very knowledgable and helpful.

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Reviewed November 7, 2013

A fascinating and in depth guide to a wonderful cave system.
The guide, Ethan, has extensive knowledge of the caves and surrounds and shares it with great enthusiasm.
A magnificent natural wonder, in my opinion a must see if you're visiting Katherine. The caves are a short drive (approx 15 minutes) out of the township, therefore easily accessible, and even though the tour itself is not long (around 45 mins) it is totally worthwhile. My recommendation would be to visit Cutta Cutta in the morning, then you have the rest of the day ahead for other sight seeing! Tours run regularly throughout the day (every hour on the hour from 9-4 with a break at lunch time, I believe) so there's no real chance you'll miss out.
At the beginning of the tour you're given the option of the long walk or the short walk to the caves, Both paths are clear and easy to follow, with many signs to read along the way stating facts and info on the area. I opted for the long walk, which isn't long in the scheme of things - only 10 minutes or so. You then meet your guide at the opening to the cave for the tour to begin.
If you're lucky, you will spot a rock wallaby or sleepy snake inside the caves! An added thrill!

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

A wonderful example of a the Northern Territory cave. Marvellous Indigenous guide who was able to answer all of the questions on the formations, history of the caves and its inhabitants that shelter in the dry season in the caves. A interesting walk to get to the caves with the native flora and fauna. Good parking onsite for caravans and some shelter for a drink or snack. Well worth the visit

2  Thank Heather W
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Cutta Cutta caves is a fascinating dry cave with an interesting WWII history that's a short drive South from Katherine. You take a 5-10min walk through dry bush before taking a 45min guided tour. Our guide - Ethan - was fantastic. Knowledgable and entertaining. Thanks for a great tour and showing us the pics of the South American caves.

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