"Katherine Gorge" Katherine Things to Do Tip by kooka3
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Technically, the gorge is out of town -- the park's main entrance is located 30 km northeast of Katherine.
This 292,800 hectare National Park is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people and jointly managed with the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.
Most people go because of the gorge which is made up of sandstone walls - some of them are about 75 meters high. It's amazing to sit and watch the colors of the sandstone change as the sun moves. I went late in the afternoon and was awed. The colors were spectaular!
The easy way to see the gorge is to take one of the many boat tours that are offered. They are all about 2-3 hours in length, but you can find tour operators that offer different types of tours. The longer tours let you see some of the side gorges, but just be aware that sometimes you will need to get out, hike a bit, and reload onto another boat.
Taking a tour is agreat idea, because the guides will point out a lot of the wildlife and will also tell you stories/legends about the gorges, like the place where a pair of lovers jumped to their deaths because they couldnt' be together (very Romeo and Juliet).
There are also kayaking and canoe tours of the gorge which obviously lets you see a smaller area of the gorge in more depth at your own pace, but you'll miss out on more of the gorge. It's a trade-off, I guess.
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