Australia’s answer to the Grand Canyon is Nitmiluk Gorge (formerly Katherine Gorge), located close to the town of the same name. It’s actually a series of 13 gorges spread across some the most rugged and spectacular landscapes in the country, with rapids, waterfalls and stunning cliff faces. Canoeing heaven!
Sure, you could hop on a big tour boat, but a more low-key way to see the gorges is with a smaller canoe trip... sweet!
This series of pools and waterfalls on the Edith River, about 60kms north of Katherine, is the perfect place to reconnect with nature.
The Jatbula is a one-way, 62km walk that stretches from Nitmiluk Gorge to Edith Falls, passing through some beautiful Top End landscapes along the way.
Most tourists only see a tiny fraction of what Nitmiluk National Park has to offer. The place is huge, rugged and hard to access in many places – which is why one of the best ways to check out its wonders is to jump in a helicopter. Nitmiluk Scenic Flights operate from a helipad 3kms from the Nitmiluk Centre and they give a spectacular view of the gorge system. Some heli-tours allow you to stop on top of escarpments for a unique photo opportunity.1