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Katherine

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Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Hot Springs
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. It is situated on the Katherine River (after which it is named) below the "Top End", southeast of Darwin. It is the fourth largest settlement in the Territory and is known as the place where "The outback meets the tropics". Katherine had an urban population of 6,094 on the 2011 Census night. Katherine is also the closest major town to RAAF Base Tindal located 17 km southeast and provides education, health, local government services and employment opportunities for the families of Defence personnel stationed there. In the, the base had a residential population of 742, with 27.6% of the workforce engaged in employment outside of defence, the majority commuting to work in Katherine.Beginning as an outpost established with the Australian Overland Telegraph Line on the North-South transport route between Darwin and Adelaide, Katherine has grown with the development of transport and local industries including mining – particularly gold mining; a strategic military function with RAAF Base Tindal; also as a tourism gateway to the attractions of nearby Nitmiluk National Park, particularly Katherine Gorge and its many ancient rock paintings. The region is known to experience heavy flooding during "the wet season".HistoryThe first inhabitants of the area were Indigenous Australian tribes, specifically the Dagoman people, Jawoyn people and Wardaman people. It was important meeting place for these tribes and remains a place of convergence. Today the Walpiri People from the Victoria River District and Tanami Desert areas now have a dedicated community based at Katherine East.
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Waterfall
Edith Falls
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Geologic Formation
Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge
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Hot Spring
Katherine Hot Springs
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National Park
Nitmiluk National Park
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Duration: 8 hours

Side trips from Katherine

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World heritage site
Maguk Gorge Kakadu National Park
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Duration: 8 hours
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Waterfall
Gunlom Waterfall Creek Kakadu National Park
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Hot Spring
Bitter Springs Mataranka
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Katherine

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Specialty Museum
Katherine Museum
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Hiking Trail
Jatbula Trail
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Duration: 2 hours
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Art Gallery
MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft
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Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Katherine

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Art Gallery
Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery
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Duration: 2h 30 min
History Museum
Katherine School of the Air
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Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in Katherine

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Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park
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Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Katherine

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Jurassic Cycad Gardens
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Duration: 2h 30 min

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