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As you travel through the Katherine region, you will be passing country that is traditionally associated with different Aboriginal language groups. The Aboriginal People are proud of their land and welcome visitors who come to learn about their country and culture.

Often called the ‘Crossroads of the North’ and promoted as ‘adventure territory’, the Katherine region is located in the far north of the Northern Territory, Australia. It encompasses an area of approximately 480,000 sq km that stretches from the Western Australia border on the west to the Queensland border on the east, and Dunmarra in the south, to the Daly River region in the north.

The town of Katherine is located 317 km south of Darwin on the Stuart Highway and has a complete range of facilities and services.

Some of the must see attractions in the region include exploring the majestic Katherine Gorge and Caranbirini Conservation Reserve ‘Lost City’ (just 46 km south of Borroloola), Barra fishing in the Daly River and soaking in the thermal pool at Mataranka.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Katherine Visitor Information Centre
Cnr Lindsay Street and Katherine Terrace
Ph: 08 8972 2650
Freecall: 1800 653 142

Tourism Top End - Darwin

Katherine Attractions

Mataranka Thermal Pool
A dip in the crystal warm waters is a must at the Thermal Pool at Mataranka Homestead. This sandy bottomed pool is surrounded by palms, and at a constant 34°C, the water comes from Rainbow Springs at an amazing 30.5 million litres a day.

The area around the pool is also a natural breeding ground for the Little Red Flying Fox. The breeding season is during the tropical summer, however the season can extend beyond this. The chattering of the flying fox colonies along the banks of the Roper River all add to the the tropical charm of the location.
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Katherine Events

Northern Territory Events
Katherine Show
• Katherine Showgrounds, Victoria Hwy, KATHERINE NT 0850 • Ph: 08 8972 1746 • Email
• July
The Katherine & District Show is a major event on the Katherine calendar drawing people from all around the region and from across the Territory and Northern Australia. With a huge range of events and activities including horse and cattle, campdraft, agriculture, dog-jumping, pet displays, cooking, needlework, art and craft, photography, side shows, trade exhibitors, and much more.
World Solar Challenge Panasonic World Solar Challenge
• Ph: +61 8 8463 4690 • Email
• Biennial event - held in October 2007 and 2009 and every two years
A biennial event based on a competitive field of solar cars crossing the Australian continent powered by nothing but the sun. Teams are required to research, build and design vehicles capable of completing the 3,000 km journey from tropical Darwin in the Northern Territory, to cosmopolitan Adelaide in South Australia.
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Tours and Accommodation - Northern Territory

Find and book our Northern Territory’s most popular sights, tours, and attractions. Booking ahead with Viator means you won’t miss out on popular tours and attractions.

Start your Alice Springs, Ayers Rock / Uluru and Darwin tours.

Many tours to nearby popular destinations start from Alice Springs and Darwin, taking you to places including Adelaide River, Katherine, Kakadu, Kings Canyon, Litchfield National Park, and West MacDonnell Range.
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Katherine Transport

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Katherine Distance

Distance to Katherine
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Katherine:
Alice Springs  
Kakadu National Park  
• Jabiru  
• Jim Jim  
Tennant Creek  
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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