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What to do in Katherine
Katherine, a laid back town of gorges, waterways, rivers, waterfalls, and lavish flora and fauna. Hikers, cruisers and canoeists flock the place during dry season. Here visitors will find water holes, hot springs, unpopulated rivers, and friendly Aboriginal communities where visitors are welcome to paint and look for bush tucker.
Katherine has a friendly environment and a young population making it ideal for families and tourists. It doesn’t matter if you are adventurous, a nature lover, a history geek or just a curious traveler, there is so much that this town has to offer that makes it impossible for anyone not to have the time of their lives.
Housing Aboriginal artefacts, 19th to 20th century photographs, tools, home wares and furniture, Katherine Museum is a sight to behold. Larrimah Museum displays photographs and texts that show how the railway and WWII Gorrie Airfield effected the town. There is also National Trust Museum that focuses on the gold rush.
If you're done with museums, go into nature and head to Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) that includes sandstone 13 gorges. You have the option to explore it walking, canoeing, paddling or flying. Don't miss the Jatbula Trail that traverses waterfalls, forests and Aboriginal stone art.
Towards the end of May each year, Merrepen Festival. Katherine Country Music Muster is a celebration of country and western music played live in pubs on weekends of May or June. In mid-June, Darunga Festival takes place with a great display of arts and crafts and entertainment. Come July of each year, an agricultural show, Katherine District Show with rides, stalls and animals, happen.
Mimi Aboriginal Art and Crafts exhibit paintings on canvas, linen or bark, ethnic fibre weaving, didgeridoos, carvings, jewellery and weaponry. Held every Saturday of February to December from 8am to 1pm (dry season) and 8am to 12pm (wet season), Katherine Community Market is the town’s Farmers' Market where you can buy fresh local produce. Swing by Jurassic Cycad Gardens on Katherine Gorge Road for the rarest plant species on Earth.
When to visit Katherine
The best time to visit Katherine is during the region’s dry season, which is from May to September, with May being the absolute perfect month for your trip. These months are when you can explore the area’s great outdoors to the fullest.
But what’s great about Katherine, and the rest of Australia, is that all Australians don’t need a passport or visa to travel the country. Just bring your national ID card for important transactions.
Travelling to and around Katherine
The closest airport to Katherine is the Darwin International Airport, which is a few hours away. The best way for you to travel around Katherine is by bus, joining tours, hiring a car, or by driving yourself.
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